King Alfred (3)

MAOM

From Tony White 15 April 2018

I sailed with 'M G Gillen'  - Master on the voyage commencing Liverpool on 15-4-57 to Avonmouth 13-2-58.

I'm pretty sure he was there on the preceding voyage, no idea about the following one, so commanded her from 1956, if not earlier.

Chief Engineer with him was J. Lyle.

Rather a hellish voyage, King Line Master, Chief and 2nd Engineer, Chief Steward (who was B useless), and Cook who wasn't much better.

Clan Line Chief Officer, 2nd and 3rd.

The remainder of engineers and crew were all from the Liverpool Fed. pool, and oh a Marconi Sparks.  10 months of conflict!!

From Tony White 27 September 2019

We lost Junior Engineer Jack Jenkins due to a  gangway accident in Port Pirie, South Australia, in December 1957, just before Christmas.

We believe he tripped and fell from the top of the B.O.T. gangway, hit the edge of the quay and entered the water. Jack Isbester recovered him from below the surface after several diving attempts, he was taken to hospital but did not survive.

The King Alfred was moved to the outer anchorage to complete loading to her marks. We were ferried back to attend his funeral and burial in the Port Pirie Cemetery prior to sailing back to Avonmouth.

In those days, the single track railway ran down the center of Ellen Street in Port Pirie, quite a feature of the day.

Voyage Notes - 1957/58

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

King Alfred (3)

1941

Ex Empire Ray

1945 Purchased renamed King Alfred

1963 Scrapped at Hamburg

6919

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

167003

Greenock Dockyard

Greenock

Barclay Curle

Glasgow

Motor 6 Cyl

Doxford

2500

1

Master

Date

Left

Destination

M G Gillen

4/1957

Liverpool

USA & Japan

W Graham

4/1959

Liverpool

India

G A Russ

10/1959

Birkenhead

Colombo


3/1960

London

New Orleans

& Houston


6/1960

London

E & S Africa


11/1960

Middlesbrough

Turkey

G S Rowland

5/1961

Milford Haven

Colombo

A Mair

2/1962

London

Mauritius

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