I was interested in the article ‘The Role of the Yard Pilot’ by Peter Moore in the November 2017 edition of Sea Breezes, more so with him saying that he was on the Port Chalmers.
The above photo may be of interest. It shows the ship on the floating dock at the state dockyards Newcastle NSW, May 1963. We were having the propeller blades changed after they were damaged by ice going up to Hamburg to load. The ship could not run at full speed owing to the damage.
We had the Lloyds diver come down to have a look while we were loading at Port Sudan. He did drawings of the damage to the blades; bits missing, bent etc.
Interestingly, we had a fair stealing on the ship while on the Australian coast; all this stopped when we got to New Zealand. It was later found out that one of the stewards was stealing to pay for his lady friend to follow the ship around Australia. When we came off the dock, we sailed to NZ to load.
I paid of the ship in Auckland not long before she sailed deep sea for the USA. I later joined the Port Philip in Wellington.
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