Fifteen Months Aboard Seladangby Dick Williams
I signed indentures as a Deck Apprentice with the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company in November 1945 and joined my first ship in early December to begin a career that spanned 39 years. I left my final ship in late 1984 having served aboard 57 ships and made 1,258 port visits. My career comprised a gamut of oil tankers, LNG carriers, an LPG carrier, a bulk carrier plus an OBO (Oil/Bulk/Ore). The company embraced Eagle Oil making it the largest unit of the biggest maritime organization in the world, Shell International Marine. Of all those appointments to so many ships, three stand out in my memory, Opalia, the Cadet Training Ship, the Methane Progress and most unforgettable, Seladang, a CHANT.
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