I have been reading the item about MacAndrews in a recent Sea Breezes.
I am writing because my late father worked for that company in Spain for most his working life and memories of that company are still quite strong.
He once told me that in his early days he knew a certain Vernon MacAndrew, but never had contact again because the family withdrew from any management function at that time.
There are two items that might interest people; 1. The company had a virtual monopoly of the UK – Spanish trade certainly up until after WW2. They owned a fleet of some 20 or so ships mostly coal burners, but these were gradually replaced by more up to date diesel powered ships. 2. My father told me during WW2 that the MacAndrew family owned a motor yacht called Campeador (Spanish for warrior). This was requisitioned during the war and converted as a rescue ship on northern (Russian?) convoy duties. I believe she was sunk and somewhere there is a small history called “The Gallant Campeador”.
To please my father I served with Macs, but found nine months short sea trading un-fulfilling, especially on a coal burner built in 1924!