Captain Ken #27 - 'Blue Peter' flag and a port call in the Philippines
Captain Ken Owen had a long career at sea which included sailing as master with Overseas Containers Limited (OCL), P&O Containers and P&O Nedlloyd. Ken is now retired and in 2020 he started writing a monthly article for publication using the pen name 'Captain Ken' in the Mellor Church Outlook magazine.
A number of articles that Ken has written are about his time at sea and he has very kindly agreed that we can share them here.
In the 27th Captain Ken article here on PONL Heritage site we hear about an incident in the Philippines when he nearly missed his ship.
This article was first published in the church magazine in July 2023.
International signal flag 'P' for Papa (also known as the 'Blue Peter') - "All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea"
When we were only a few hours from completion of cargo loading, the port manager asked if I'd like to drive with him in his jeep to where the trees were being felled (which I didn't appreciate). I was delighted with the opportunity, but horrified when a sudden thunder storm washed away part of the road behind us blocking us off from civilization. To add insult to injury from where we were stranded, we could see our ship in the distance, of all things, flying the 'Blue Peter' flag; 'I am about to sail'. Fortunately our captain preferred not to sail without a Chief Officer and did await our rescue.
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Captain Ken Owen has kindly provided us with a new series of articles which will be published on a regular basis here. If you are interested in reading other articles that he has written which we haven't yet used then please feel free to go to mellorchurch.org/outlook-magazine/.