Mr D.W. Carsey was Chief Officer on WILD AUK at the time of her visit and sailed on the ship for 6 months. He says
"We departed the River Tyne on 15 July 1975 after discharging a part cargo of oranges from South Africa, arriving at River Blackwater on 16th July.
"Our departure date was 17 August 1975, arriving at Rotterdam on 18th July 1975 for drydocking, leaving there on 1st September 1975 for Puerto Bolivar to load a full cargo of Bananas for New Zealand.
P&O General Cargo Division
Above: WILD AUK in the River Blackwater Date: cJuly 1975. Source: Mersea Museum / Ashley Upsher Collection
Above: Besom Creek at the western end of Mersea Island with the River Blackwater beyond. The vessel laid up in the river is thought to be WILD AUK, 9,601 tons gross, built 1971. She was sold and renamed OLYMPIAN REEFER in 1980, broken up at Mumbai in 1999. Date: cAugust 1975. Source: Mersea Museum / Rose and Len Harvey Collection