Page 25 of the February 2015 issue of Sea Breezes shows a Hillman Imp being loaded on to the Clansman at Oban.
Here are three photos showing another Hillman (I think) being discharged from the Clan MacIver while at anchor off Pondicherry which, in 1949, was still a very small French enclave coast of India, south of Madras.
There was no port, all cargo being landed from small boats onto the open beach. We discharged many cases of whisky and gin and about 50 cases of Singer sewing machines. A large boiler was lowered into the water by our wooden 50 ton derrick then towed ashore to up the beach.
The Clan MacIver (Captain A Lynch) built 1921, was 28 years old when I joined as a newly appointed Third Officer in 1949 and was quite a museum piece with ‘rod and chain’ steering, no showers or running water and very small cabins with few home comforts. However, the food was good and it was a happy ship. Many of the cargo winches had been replaced over the years, with many different makes, probably salvaged from breakers and most of the original wooden derricks were still in use.
Captain Lynch was a very senior Master but liked his old ship and refused to transfer to one of the new Clan Liners coming into service. When we met one of these new ships, they were required to dip their ensign to the ancient Clan MacIver much to our delight and pleasure.
CAPTAIN ROBERT FULLARTON
4 Ewenfield Avenue, Ayr, KA7 2QQ