Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.
A Galley boy at sea as told by Chris Bond (with photo's courtesy of Chris)
I only have a couple of pictures taken during my Cavallo Days plus the postcard one which is already on your website. I only had a small Kodak Brownie and film / processing was expensive when you were
only earning Â£12 per month with no days off until you paid off, I still loved my time at sea though.
My working time was mainly peeling potatoes (by hand) for 47 crew and 12 passengers and cleaning the galley after each meal, we worked from 0600 to 2000 including overtime with a 2 hour break in the afternoon and on the way back to the UK we worked most nights until 2200 painting the ship ready for the arrival into West India Docks London where the shore management would do an inspection.
We had a really good Captain named Fred Briggs and during the 12 months I spent on her she was a very happy ship. The normal route for the Cavallo was Mediterranean, Malta,Tripoli,Cyprus,Syria,Lebanon etc.and the trips were 6 to 7 weeks long. We took over from another Ellerman Wilson ship at one point and did a couple of trips to Scandinavia.
We carried 12 passengers, mostly elderly people who not only had the money for the fare but could go away for 7 weeks at a time.
Apart from the episode in Sweden with the dockside crane collision I can't recall any other momentous events it was mostly routine.
CAVALLO passing through the Keil Canal 1957 (Looks like the local ladies are out in force to wave goodbye watched by a somewhat stern police man)
(photo courtesy of Chris Bond)
From Eddie on the Hull mariner's forum which you can find at http://mnahull.freeforums.org/
The Cavallo was launched on 19/07/1951 and completed in November the same year by Henry Robb Ltd at Leith, she was the 3rd vessel of that name owned by the Ellerman's Wilson Line of Hull.
She was sold in July 1971 along with the Trentino, to the Maldive Islands and re-named Maldive Venture, she was sold for scrap to the Metal Scrap Trade Corporation of India and arrived at Calcutta on 23/08/1980 for demolition.
Details: O/No 185099, tonnage 2,340 gross, 1,251 net: Dimensions 296.5 x 48.6 x 15.9 feet. She was the 1st motor ship built for the Ellerman's Wilson Line with accommodation for 12 1st class passengers.
Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.
Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.