Sitmar Line - TSS Fairsky (2) 1957-1977
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Pamela Hansen fondly remembers her “ill-fated” honeymoon cruise
The cruise ship TSS Fairsky
Photograph from the author’s private collection
Pamela Joyce Hansen kindly wrote me regarding
her and her husband’s experience whilst on a cruise when the SS Fairsky
struck a sunken wreck just out of
Pamela seen her standard cabin, without private facilities
We had an outside cabin, but the toilets and showers were down the corridor. In those days there were no double beds, thus being newly married we would put the two single mattresses on the floor and sleep there. The single bed being too small for two! But, we thoroughly enjoyed our honeymoon cruise for this was a delightful ship in every sense of the word!
However, we did have a washbasin whilst the rest was just down the hall
Crossing the Equator Ceremony on June 17, which was great fun!
Above & below: All passengers receive a certificate a close up of the date is seen below
However having been to
Before we left the ship our steward kindly gave us his two Sitmar Cruises lapel pins
We were then told on a deck-by-deck basis to go and get our things from our cabins and bring them up on deck. Our baggage area was the swimming pool and thus we left it all there, except for a handbag for passports and money, etc.
Our baggage had to be stacked around the pool
Lifeboats were soon made ready for launching
Even though her bow was low in the water and she was listing, to me she looked so sad, but still an impressive ship!
We are now slowly heading towards shore, whilst and others are still disembarking
This photo clearly shows the other lifeboats still being lowered
In due course Indonesian shore tenders came to ferry passengers back to shore
My Indonesian visa stamp in my Passport
I was allowed to leave the ship
before my husband and I waited back on land for him to come, and about 3 hrs
later Garry turned up. We were taken to a lovely hotel and Sitmar Lines paid
for everything as well as all meals etc. As you can imagine I was only 20
and I was worried that my parents back in
Sitmar arranged for day trips for us to go on
and after several days we had permission to leave
I certainly look back on the whole adventure with fond memories, part one of the cruise was just wonderful, the evacuation went very smoothly and all I can say is the way Sitmar handled the whole situation in Djakarta was superb!
-Pamela Hansen is seen here 30 years later and she is now ready for her next cruise adventure!
At the time, Pamela was due to head off on her
next cruise on P&O’s Pacific Dawn on December 27, 2007, and it was
her first cruise since her Fairsky experience. Better still, and I hope Pamela
will not mind me saying this, but she will be celebrating her 50th Birthday on
January 1, 2008 whilst the ship is at
THANK YOU: The story above was provided by M/s. Pamela Joyce Hansen, although it has been edited and some changes were made for clarification. All Photographs and images (except the introduction photo of the TSS Fairsky) were taken by and are © Pamela Hanson and are used by ssMaritime with Pamela’s permission. However, the photographs have been recently improved and enlarged by myself.
I am grateful to Pamela for sharing her adventure with us and I hope that all her future cruises will be very happy ones and certainly memorable ones!
In conclusion: What
happened to the Fairsky after she ended up on that sandbank? Well very soon
that hole in her hull was filled with concrete and on the 29th.she was refloated and was able to proceed under her
own power to a
For the conclusion of her story see the INDEX below and TSS Fairsky – “the History Page” containing details of her final days!
The Fairsky INDEX:
TSS Fairsky - Built as a C3 class freighter - the History Page.
TSS Fairsky - Contains two Deck Plans 1958 & 1970s.
TSS Fairsky - Piet Mulder sails on SS Fairsky.
TSS Fairsky - Fairsky wrecked near
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Water Liners sailing to the distant shores.
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