call sign DABF, 20.301 GRT, started in service 11.10.54 as Norwegian “Bergeland”.
Sold 1968 as “Friedland” to Somalia. 02.03.76 broken up in Mansan/Korea.
Seafaring time: 01.10.66
The tanker "Seestern" was at
that time (1966-1967) in possession of the commercial house Helmut Horten,
and was chartered from the shipping firm Fritzen, in Emden.
The ship was built in 1954
in Stavanger/Norway and sailed originally under the Norwegian flag. After
the "Marie Horn", I had the feeling that my next ship would be giant one.
In fact, this large tanker was for that time, "Standard." I went
on board at Dunkirk, and made many voyages between the Persian Golf and
Europe, and one voyage from the Persian Golf and Singapore.
The living quarters on this
ship were for that time very comfortable; living room, bedroom, and bathroom
the Redifon main receiver "R50M".
(Thanks to Allan Headley for the
information) In the background right on the
wall the emergency transmitter.
The ship was chartered to
The travel orders came by
radio from London, so Portishead Radio was my main radio contact, and with
which I had overwhelmingly positive experience. At this time Portishead
Radio was becoming one of the largest coastal radio stations. The traffic
list (list of ship stations to take traffic) took at least a half hour,
and since my call sign was DABF I was 10'th or 15'th on the list, (QRY
10, or maybe QRY 15) and didn't have to listen to the whole list. The radio
station on the "Seestern" was acceptable. As much as I can
remember, it was a combination
of short-wave and medium-wave-transmitter, with 400 Watts output, from
"Standard Radio." Next to the customarily provided emergency transmitter
and emergency receiver and autoalarm receiver, I had a "Redifon R50M" main receiver. This receiver had no dial
calibration in Khz, only a logging scale from 0 to 100 for all bands.
When the frequency was known, one must make a pencil mark - and it was
disagreeable when Portishead Radio specified
a working frequency without
a pencil mark. If there was no "v v v loop" running on the frequency,
one could complete one's QSO (contact) and start a new call.
wave tuning. The medium wave transmitter had no crystals. The frequencies
were engaged, notched. Left the emergency transmitter, over it the antenna
switch with the old “knife contacts”
of the main transmitter. Left the medium wave part, center the coastal
telephony part, right the short wave part. In the bottom the power supply