Garry Watts

I sailed on my 1st trip as J/R/O with Barry Everett R/O the Cardiff City joined in dry dock – Smiths of South Shields 16th January 1976. If my memory serves me right the ship was refitted to European standards including the radio room..  On 3rd Feb we sailed for Flushing, 4th Feb Canaries for orders, 9th Feb SOS Maria Luis sank 20 miles off Canaries, 11th Feb anchored (lots of fishing) at Nouadibou Mauretania for iron ore, 14th Feb sailed for Santurce Bilbao (awful swell), arr 19th Feb, strike bound & anchored finally sailed 18th March Key West for orders, 2nd Apr arr New Orleans for soya beans, 10th Apr Atlantic City also here & met up with R/O Roger Chugg,  12th Apr loading at Destrehan, 13th Apr sail for Panama & Kaohsiung Taiwan, 17th Apr chat on key with P.J.Barker on PAC & arr Cristobal, (whatever happened to Pete Barker?), 19th Apr cleared Panama, 2nd May passing Hawaii, 16th May arr Kaohsiung, 18th May pay off.
Flew home BA – Hong Kong, Bankok, Bombay, Tehran, Frankfurt, London


June 2012.