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Monday, July 15, 2019

I thought the enclosed photograph may be of interest to readers. I am 88 years old and it will mean nothing to my family when I am no longer afloat!

Ahoy

The Ahoy traded between Delfzijl in the Netherlands and Colchester on a weekly liner service. Her cargo inwards was generally starch in bags from AVEBE. Outward she carried furnace bricks from Moler Products to the steel works at Hoogovens and steel pipes.

She was spotlessly clean, from engine room bilge to bridge. She was owned by her Captain, Fred Gallencamp who had a crew of two from the Cape Verde islands. Neither would speak the others language. When the service ended in the late 1970s, he sold her to a firm in Columbia who asked him to bring her to South America which he refused to do.

The story goes that she arrived in Columbia, did one run of drugs to the USA and was then scuttled! She is reported to have been bought for £60,000, although I cannot vouch for this news, it is all hearsay. This all happened 35 years ago.

When Gallencamp retired, I believe he became a lock-keeper in Holland. I was MD of Fieldgates in Colchester and was Lloyds Agent for Essex until I retired in 1979.

DERRICK ALLEN
Briarwood, Saxmundham Road
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5PD

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