Jubilence, around 600 tonnes deadweight. A crew of 4, all on the share. No cargo, no money. On the other hand, if the vessel was busy and the rates high, so were the wages. The damage to the starboard bow was likely down to the poor shiphandling skills of allatsea at Gainsborough, circa 1983.
Zealence, 1300 tonnes deadweight, wire pull steel hatches, crew of 5 in NC waters. Again, all paid ‘on the share’. During the miners strike in 1984, running coke between Calais and Mistley Quay an AB could earn £800 a week when the tides and dock worker’s shifts were right.
Urgence, 1800 tonnes deadweight, crew of 5-6 depending on area of operations in Middle Trade waters. One man operation of the steel hatches and variable height wheelhouse for use on the inland waters of Europe. Pictured at Par in Cornwall loading China Clay, probably for discharge at Rouen.
Kindrence, 3000 tonnes deadweight. Twin hatched collier/bulker. Allatsea and the boys took her out of lay-up at Chatham with a non-federated ‘share’ crew. There were 8 of us, in ‘Federated ‘ days she ran with a crew of 12 or 13 and looked like a pile of pooh to boot. A lunatic skipper a lot of the time but happy days. We ran coal into Shoreham Power Station during the miners strike. Initially there were lots of angry, lemming like pickets but they soon got bored. The Transport and General Workers Union (Water Division) were happy to leave us alone if we joined them and paid dues. We did and they did . So much for Union solidarity.
Another 600 tonne class coaster, crew of 4 and mainly East coast England to the Dutch and Belgian transhipment hubs. A crude and simple vessel with no home comforts but happy enough days there.
Gold Rover, RASing astern of the receiving ship (although of course it could be the other way around), she was allatsea’s first RFA vessel. He lasted a week before being transferred to OLNA
This is what happens when one ship gets too close to another. YM Uranus in Brest drydock October 2010
Another view of YM Uranus, she was ‘rolled’ by another much larger ship. The crew aboned ship but a salvage crew boarded her and got into Brest.
More YM Uranus, topsides damage in this picture.
YM Uranus, the roll was so violent that she sustained damage on the starboard side where it hit the water.
An internal view of the wheelhouse of YM Uranus, substantial damage. She was being prepared for towage to Turkey for full repairs when this picture was taken. Allatsea was onboard representing the legal people for the insurers. Being a ‘legal’ job, they charged £2100 a day for allatsea to mince about and look gorgeous.
More internal damage to the wheelhouse.
YM Uranus in dry-dock prior to departure to Turkey. She was a small parcel tanker, remarkably strongly built to say the least.