Known as the ‘company’s yacht’ because of its smaller tonnage, the Nottingham was a happy ship.
After departing London the ship visited Dunkirk to load cargo. During docking the ship hit the quay and sustained damage and after leaving Dunkirk we arrived at Falmouth for repairs. I can remember having a great couple of days there before we continued. Not sure if we stopped in Curacao for bunkers or if we sailed direct to the Panama canal for discharge at Colon.
After leaving the canal we headed for Western Samoa, where on arrival there was no berth available. A liberty boat was laid on from the anchorage and we had a tour around the island until the bars open late afternoon, it being Sunday. We missed the liberty boat back and hired a rowing boat to take us back, a rather dangerous voyage to the ship anchored one and a half miles out to sea.
On arrival at Lyttelton we had to wait for the Wellington ferry to dock and after we had finished docking ourselves and having breakfast a docker came into the mess room looking for me to tell me my girlfriend from Wellington was waiting for me on the quay. That was one of the proudest moments of my life so far.
No sure what other ports we visited apart from Lyttelton. First port back in the UK was Hull before London for pay off, but I remember it was a good trip on a happy ship.
On pay off day (20-08-66) the Number One record in the UK charts was: Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.
Ports Visited: London, Dunkirk, Falmouth, Colon, Panama Canal, Apia, Suva, Lautoka, Lyttelton, Nelson, Timaru, Napier, Panama Canal, Hull, London.