MV Explorer -Trip 1

MV Explorer

MV Explorer P37609 from the National Maritime Museum London

 

 

Explorer in Barbados

I Joined the Explorer a few days before Christmas 1973 and we sailed on December 20th into rough weather! I remember spending my first Christmas at sea, rather ill, fortunately  the Chief Mate Pat Holloway was great and he let me settle down with the weather!

One story from the trip I do remember was from the last leg of the journey home from Nassau. We had called in there to load Bacardi in 20' half height containers, the only place for them was below deck right in the middle of the cotton we had picked up earlier in the trip.

Bails of cotton back then were made up like straw bails except very much bigger and rock solid as they were  so compressed so much, now they don't like coming together with liquid of any kind or they exploded with not very nice consequences!

Now these bails weren't bothered whether it was sea water or Bacardi that made them wet, yes you guessed it, the Bacardi tanks decided to leak and the job of mopping them up fell to guess who.....the cadets. The reason they were leaking was due to the bad weather we had found.

The senior cadet (also Richard) and I were dispatched down the hatch with buckets to mop up the Bacardi and throw it over the side! Well as you might imagine the fumes were terrible and we were both the worse for wear after we had finished without touching a drop!!

Explorer foredeck
   
Trinidad sunset Explorer in Liverpool

Map of The Caribbean

"Used by permission of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin."

 

Depart
Date
Arrive
Date
       
Liverpool
20th December 1973
Barbados
2nd January 1974
Barbados
4th Jan
*La Guaira
6th Jan
   
La Guaira
8th Jan
La Guaira
11th Jan
Curacao
12th Jan
Curacao
14th Jan
*Puerto Cabello
14th Jan
 
Puerto Cabello
18th Jan
Puerto Cabello
22nd Jan
Trinidad
24th Jan
Trinidad
31st Jan
Cartagena
3rd Jan
Cartagena
4th Feb
*Barranquilla
4th Feb
   
Barranquilla
7th Feb
Barranquilla
10th Feb
Nassau
13th Feb
Nassau
13th Feb
Manchester
24th Feb

* Means At Anchor

I didn't keep a list of all the Officers onboard, just the Deck Officers! sorry

Captain
Eric Sherlock
Mate
Pat Holloway
2nd Mate
Hugh Farrell
3rd Mate
Phil Wray
S.Cadet
Richard Forshaw

All the pictures that you will see I'm afraid have been scanned in, there was no such thing as a digital camera in the 70's! 

 

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June 7, 2014