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  1. I actually served as a senior Midshipman for Elder Dempster Shipping on MV Fulani. I sailed on 2 trips from London & Europe to West African ports. This would be in 1958 & 1959. On the last trip we sailed up through the Kiel Canal to Karlsham in Sweden, delivered the final load and then sailed back to Odense in Denmark where she was to be cut up for scrape. We then flew back to London to join our next ship. Your model has brought back many memories of the good times we had as a crew. I did not know about the earlier fire but we were leaving Lagos the next port was London and home. But about 4 hours outside we had a fire in the engine room that servely burnt two engineers We had to turn around and try to get back into Lagos but we we too heavily loaded that the most senior pilot had to bring us inside the breakwater and a barge came and took the wounded officers off. Unfortunately they both died later. We found out this sad information as we came into Rotterdam. So we lowered our flag to half staff in respect, but we got a very short note from the British Embassy that we cannot lower the flag unless one of the members of the Royal Family had passed, not just a loyal servant. Your model is very good and accurate. Glad I found your site.

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