Pictures of Ships, Tugs, Off Shore Rigs, Barges, and those who work them


#861

Thanks for those pictures from the Norwegian scene.

Now for something away from Norway; Veteran ship Cap San Diego arriving in Warnemunde a few days ago:


#862

A series of pictures from the docking of the first VLCC to load in a US port:


Still do not get away with offshore STS though.


#863

My first ship.

The Hermione, a replica of the ship that carried Lafayette back to France. I shot this as she was slowww steaming into the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia harbor in July 2015 on her last stop on the way back to Europe. She left the next day and in spite of my best efforts I was unable to wrangle a visit aboard.


#864

Only two ULCCs left in the world and they are both flying the Belgian flag and now owned by Euronav:

Back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s there were several ULCCs laid up side by side in a fjord in Norway:

Three flying French flag. (Two Shell, one Elf) Three Esso tankers.

Not far away was two more: (Norwegian (NOR) flag)


#865

Launching a heavy port icebreaker in Russia:


#866

Here’s a landing craft I ran when the regular guy wasn’t available.

It’s South East Alaska, had a little stove that burned diesel, kept the wheelhouse nice and warm.


#867

My first ship was the Square rigger “Soerlandet” for pre-sea training:

I joined in Febr. 1959 at the tender age of 15 years and three months.
At the time she was the last of the large Tall Ships without propulsion.

I joined the M/T Polyrambler in R’dam in May, 1959:


She traded mainly East of Suez, incl. some months in the so called “Singapore trade”. (Loading crude in Indonesia and British North Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak) and discharging in Singapore)
After some 14 months we returned to Northern Europe (Antwerp) and I signed off.

Next I joined Tamesis of Wilh. Wilhelmsen line, a typical liner of her time:
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We first did a round trip from Northern Europe to Australia and back, then two trips on the Far East run. This included my first visit to China (Shanghai) which was still in the grips of a famine caused by Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”.


#868

Here is the same landing craft, we are pushed up against either the Noordam, or the Nieuw Amsterdam while they are anchored out off Juneau Alaksa.

The crew is transferring luggage of passengers getting off in that port.


#869

The latest entry to Russia’s icebreaker fleet:


#870

Fast stop in Bodø today, took a picture of the Norwegian Coastal Administration vessel Villa and veteran ship Gamle Salten.


#871

Time to continue the reminiscence about the “good ol’ days”.
My next ship was the Theben, also of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Line. She was doing the Far East Express run due to her speed and only called at main ports. (Round Trip time; 4 1/2 mth.)
She had one of the first B&W diesel engines over 9000 Hp, with a service speed of 18-19 kts.
She was actually able to do a bit more when needed:
Once, when we were about to get overtaken by a P&O liner, the Chief Eng. (who never ventured anywhere near the engine room except for weekly inspections and to take pressure diagrammes once a month or so) actually went down and personally to increase the RPMs to max.
He then returned to his normal walking routine on the boat deck to watch us leave the P&O liner in our wake. (No extra consumption showed up in the book. He always had some spare “up his sleeve”)

M/V Theben:
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PS> As can be seen she experienced two wars in Basrah