I agree here with @Pathfinder65 ..... it would be good if you could write something about the ship, a little bit of history or even the type and use of it.....would be much more interesting for our members than only one historic photo and the ships name......Passenger and cargo ship?
Thank you for the response and specifics on this ship.Both. 250 passenges in 1st clas, and another 600 in tourist class. 36,000 tons, speed 22.5 knots. 730 feet long, 92.6 feet wide. Refrigerated cargo space 348,485 cubic feet. Twin screws, 45,000 horsepower, burning 250 tons of oil per day. Southampton to Cape Town in 11.5 days, I spent about five years in this ship. In 1965, we took the Southampton to Cape Town record by getting there in 10 days, that included a stop for bunkers at Las Palmas. Maiden voyage 1960. Sold 1977, but only scrapped a couple of years of so ago - Bob
hello - it is interesting to her the about the engine room fire on the st helena - was that the first or second one ? regardsStopped, and listing, after a serious engine-room fire aboard passenger liner RMS St Helena, Halloween Night, 1984. Oil tanker Overseas Argonaut standing by in case we needed to abandon. Drifted for a week before the salvage tug found us. Towed to Dakar, West Africa for repairs that took a month.
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thank you - i have seen both the old and new st helena"s - here is the old as the avalon - i just had not heard of the fire in her engine room before - if i recall she still had her original builders plate on her throughout her life - old one