1940: Ashcrest and Suncrest
Crest Shipping Company arranged for me to sail as Second officer for a short trip on one of their outside managed vessels, the SS Ashcrest, which had arrived in Cardiff with a cargo of iron ore. Watts, Watts were managing this vessel (another Yugoslav gift to the war effort) and she was to have the bridge work armour-plated in dry dock. The Master immediately endeared himself to me by saying that he and the Chief officer were going on leave.
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