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    I'm trying to remember which of the "D" boats it was that had a fire in one of the cold rooms whilst alongside the meat berth in the Royals. We were berthed astern of her and not surprisingly it caused a bit of a panic. Think it must have been around 1967-8.

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    hello Ajay,
    When were you on the 'Durango', it was a bit of a rust bucket when I was on her nov1962 - jan1963.
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    Joined the Darro in Mont Stuart Drydock Cardiffin October 1954 we did a trip downto Melbourne and Sydneyhad a great time with the nurses from St Vincents Hosp in Sydney discharging a cargo of cars then over to wellington Napier and Aucklandto load frozen meat was pretty hard going across the Tasman the mate had working all hours to ready her for loading it was pretty good in NZ we were able to do a lot of sea gulling so didn't have to draw any subs on the coast for 9 weeks great time the crew were mixed Scousers and Taffs great mob but accommodation was lousybit to much spit and polish holystoning decks every morning but a great trip
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    sure did 1967 i did 5 trips on the arlanza loved it

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    Did the BA run in early '65 on Lamport & Holt's "Defoe", great trip especially BA. No-one has mentioned going up the River Plate to Rosario, that was interesting, seeing Gouchos sitting by a campfire at night as the ship slowly slid up the river close by them. Anyone else do that. The eye candy in Rosario was also worth seeing, dark skinned, bare feet on dusty streets. My jaw was hanging open.
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    Hi Duke
    Been to Rosario loaded grain for Japan i think it took about three weeks to load then futher up the river plate to Sante Fe and back down to Ba for a top up. The only downer i had in Rosario was i was locked up for a few days,but thats another story.
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    ref post#26

    I knew that you were trouble as soon as I met you on the Luxor. I told my girlfriend at the time, that it was all your fault LOL
    Last edited by Doc Vernon; 10th January 2010 at 10:51 PM.
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    What exactly was an A boat ? Most of the boats on the BA run were refrigerated or carried horses, so what made an A boat an A boat?
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    Wink Rosario

    Hi Duke,
    I did a few trips to BA (61-62) and then up river to Viza Contstitution and Rosario. I remember Rosario quite well, having to open the bottom drawer of my bunk (which stopped the door opening fully) to stop ladies of the night getting in uninvited. Also remember a ship in Viza had lost her prop, for'd tanks were flooded to take her down by the head, ships crew were attempting to fit a spare prop!! BA was always a great trip, had some brilliant times up the main drag (called the 25th May??) (Veinte Cinqo de Mayo..courtesy of paedrig). Also had some scary times, been there when the Army and Navy were at each others throats.
    Cheers Russ K
    Last edited by Russ Kennedy; 4th November 2008 at 06:59 PM. Reason: added iVeinte Cinqo de Mayo, courtesy of paedrig

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    I remember the Avenida de Cinco de Mayo and the Corrientes (main street)
    Also surprised standing there one night and the parked cars started moving up and down the street on their own, then someone told me that it was against the law to use a hand brake so that cars could push back and forth to get out or into a parking spot.
    There's a Robert Duval movie out on DVD called Assassination Tango, set in BA and quite a few aerial shots of the main streets, takes you back.
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