All the header photos are also by me.

Shell tanker Haustrum after going to Viet-nam

A second photo showing the shell damage to SS Haustrum after being attacked while going up to Saigon, in all we were hit seven times and one man killed. From a scanned slide taken in 1967.

Haunstrum 1967


4 responses

  1. Nil

    I used the ‘like’ as I like the photo as a document you don’t see every day – not then, hardly now years after… but the fact itself does give me a shiver running down my back… At the time I was young and idealistic – some of that still remains, thank heavens – but the reality of war feels so much more real nowadays…

    January 30, 2015 at 1:25 am

    • Nil, thanks, As you say young and idealistic in those days, at the time the incident did not worry me one bit, it was all over very quickly. Looking back on it now I realise how dangerous it was and the fact that one person lost his life is sad. Today the news is so much more immediate.

      January 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

  2. Blimey. I love your old navy photos. you should collect them together and do a book.

    January 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

    • Thanks, sadly I did not take as many photos as we do today. At the time of the incident I had a camera but did not use it to photograph the American Skyhawk jets that came to our assistance. As it happens I am writing my autobiography, something everyone should do, great fun to do and I hope my children find it interesting. Start yours today.

      January 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

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