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    In 1956 my ship, Caltex Dublin, went to Sumatra to take on Minas crude. This involved a passage along part of the Siak River from the Panjang Strait.
    The oil was delivered to us by small river tankers that could navigate the shallower upper reaches of the river. I remember how happy the crew members of these vessels were to come aboard our ship to socialise. They told us how grim it was shunting up and down the river and what a boring existence they had. It was hot and sticky with no air conditioning and the insect life was horrific with everything oversized. Unlike the quick turnarounds of the Persian Gulf where we could be in and out in a day, this took a lot longer as the little tankers didn't have much capacity. Fortunately we only made this trip the once but it was still exciting for a young man of 18

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    Joining the British Merchant Navy community seems like a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and delve into maritime history.

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    #2 Roman see by your cv you entered this world in 1996, most on this site were long gone from the maritime world. But as most parts of human life people cling to the past thus are usually congregated together as such and a lot of us cling to the past which is something tangible to us all. A lot of what you read on here maybe strange to you but on the whole is the history of the past British Merchant Seaman as seen through their eyes. Is good to hear that people outside that circle read and appreciate the real life style and his likes and dislikes 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 and in some cases 80 years ago from the actual beings mouth who was there and done this or seen that. Maybe make people in some cases appreciate what they have today. Only remember seamen were not saints and had the usual shortcomings of everyone else, the main thing was they all faced the same problems and endured all the bad things as well as the good. Regards JS
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