By Simon J Hall

Set within the mid-1970s throughout the last years of the golden age of British delivery, this can be the author's account of the 5 years in which he labored as a junior officer within the a ways East and South Pacific.


A shiny photo of the decline of old-fashioned shipment ships forty years in the past. A memorable canvas of an period now vanished and a travelogue of the a long way East and South Pacific. Read more...

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The constricted space made us all irritable and snappy. On arrival in Amsterdam, the agent came on board and told me that I was being transferred to another ship. The Leith company presumably thought that four days on the Benalbanach was enough for me to get the hang of things. I left, not having made many acquaintances and feeling disappointed that I hadn’t stayed longer.    I flew out to Tokyo, taking a flight with the new British Airways, which had been recently formed from the welding together of BOAC and BEA.

They cancelled lessons for other learners, my lessons often over-ran into someone else’s. Sometimes there would be a second instructor in the back, shouting encouragement. I breezed the test. I bought an ancient red Mini for £50. It was a heap. Peter and I roared around West London in my heap. On the second week, I drove it into the wall while pulling into the car park of the Coach and Horses in Ickenham. We laughed and went into the pub, my car was a heap anyway. I loved my new freedom, I could drive and I had money.

This meant that we had a reasonable amount of freedom to move about the ocean. It was a different story when the ship was fully laden; the draft would then be over sixty-five feet, which meant that we had to stay in the deep-water shipping lanes and could not move outside without going aground. This restriction produced a lot of heartstopping moments when there was a crossing ship. If the ship was crossing port to starboard then she was the one to keep clear, if one was coming from starboard to port then it was for 31 Chasing Conrad us to take the action.

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