Captain Ken #14 - Fire on board in Liverpool docks
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 article number 14 that we have reproduced on the PONLHeritage site, Captain Owen tells the story of a fire on board a Blue Funnel cargo vessel that was docked in Liverpool in the 1960s. This article was first published in the church magazine in February 2021.
Following my recent article about the Blue Funnel cargo/passenger liner Pyrrhus and how difficult it was for signallers to recognise the name when signalling with flashing Morse code, I am reminded of a particular incident with the same ship.
For further articles in this series:
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/.