Friday, 5 February 2016

1971 Archive

Was going through my archives the other day and spotted this little gem - my first trip to sea. Joined Elder Dempester Lines' MV Onitsha aged 16 with 11 other cadets in Antwerp at the end of September 1971, leaving her in Amsterdam in April 1972. It was what was called a double-header - two consecutive voyages encompassing Europe, West Africa and the USA. Click to enlarge.

We had a whale of a time and I can recount many hair-raising stories. Several fellow cadets were school chums from my class at HMS Conway. The captain was a hard-drinking, chain-smoking martinet of the Old School type. She was sold on to a Greek outfit after we left her.

1 comment:

  1. love the year - was born then :) eager to hear hair-raising stories ;)