Cotswold was a Bulk Carrier owned by Hain-
I cannot find out much about her but I think she was about 65,000 tons, 630’ length, 68’ beam and drew about 35’
She was powered by a 7 cylinder diesel engine -
I joined Cotswold whilst she was in dry-
Our journey took us out of the river Ij to Ijmuiden and into the North Sea. Once in open waters we needed to ‘swing the compass’. This required the ship to be steered in a large circle whilst the compass calibration was checked. It gave me the opportunity to check the accuracy of the Direction-
We made our way up the coast to Brunsbuttel on the Elbe to transit the Kiel Canal and enter the Baltic Sea. Although it was now 1971 there were still a massive number of German WWII mine fields. Navigation up the Baltic was strictly via the narrow mine-
I remember being amused by seeing the sun at midnight thinking to myself that it should have set by now but when you are that far north in the summer…
Once loaded we made our way to Baltimore on the US East Coast at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. We were well loaded and only just made it over the sand bars. If you are in a situation where there is less than a couple of feet of water below a ship there is not enough water to support the weight and she will settle on the bottom. Our pilot had to make sure we had good speed when approaching the bars.
We were in Baltimore just long enough to hire a mini-
During a visit to Norfolk VA I was able to gain access to the technical area of a local television studio which was of great interest to me (their colour, NTSC was pretty awful! Even on the studio monitors).
Work in progress…
Ports visited (but not in that order)
Gijon N Spain
Seven Islands Canada to take Iron ore US, probably Philadelphia PA
Port Elizabeth South Africa to load and take Manganese ore to Europe
Kawasaki Japan via Panama Canal