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    Hi all
    I have noticed comments about the "dreaded tar boat" Partula, usually from the mid-60's. I was on her (Deck Apprentice, nicknamed "Zig") from Sept 60 to Jan 61, when she was still new in her first year. What was it about her that was distasteful? Any comments, recollections or contacts from shipmates would be welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgolding View Post
    Hi all
    I have noticed comments about the "dreaded tar boat" Partula, usually from the mid-60's. I was on her (Deck Apprentice, nicknamed "Zig") from Sept 60 to Jan 61, when she was still new in her first year. What was it about her that was distasteful? Any comments, recollections or contacts from shipmates would be welcome.

    Regards

    David Golding
    I did two trips on her, the things that were bad on her were (how long have you got).
    German built, simple equipment was overdesigned and became unreliable due to complexity.
    Engine room very hot, (all german ships in Shell fleet were hotter than others of same class built elsewhere).
    Heating coils forever giving problems, did you never see a bitumen gusher?
    On deck maintenance I had to carry a table top around to stand on to be able to stay in same place for 10 minutes, normal coir doormats were a waste of time.
    Did I mention hot engine room? two big door mats one on top of the other at the manouevring station and still not able to stand still longdue to main engine steam lines running underneath the deckplates.
    We had so many heating coil failures we kept the deck wet with fire hydrants cracked open full time, so when the gusher stopped the bitumen was easier to roll up and dump back into the tank.

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    Hi David
    I didn't sail on the Partula, but did many months on the sister ship Pallium as 2/0 during 1962-63. Frankly, I loved it and didn't understand what folk had against the tar boats.

    Keeping the wing tanks for ballast only made life a lot easier - only the centre tanks for cargo. Fuel oil instead of asphalt in winter, and interesting trips up the USA east coast and Canada, and occasionally to West Africa (not so favoured). Great crew and master. Sorry to leave her.

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    Mike Offord

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