CRUISE SHIP DAYS
"DUNERA" IN B.I. COLOURS AS AN EDUCATIONAL CRUISE SHIP
After five years in the B.I. Tankers culminating with nine months in Trident Tankers (a gross cultural affront!), the Powers That Be decided to appoint me as Staff Second Officer on the Educational Cruise Ship "Dunera". This role involved Entertainments and Hi-Jinks - a complete reversal from what I had been used to in the oil sweat of Tankers. After the initial shock it was quite enjoyable and certainly stretched my sea-going experience.
CHECKING IN A SCHOOL PARTY
Loading in cargo, Cruise Ship style. A far cry from swinging open valves to load up Tankers.
Still, we visited some scenic ports which were a vast improvement on the previous oil jetties a million miles from nowhere
"DUNERA" IN MALTA
I joined on 19th March 1964, co-incidentally on my future wife's 24th birthday. She was then an Assistant Purser in the School Office. We got engaged in Falmouth when "Dunera" was taken out of service in October 1965.
I was appointed Second Officer "Uganda" which was then on the East and South African passenger/cargo service.
Jill transferred to the "Nevasa" which had been laid up in the River Fal and was then fitting out prior to its maiden voyage as an Educational Cruise Ship.
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