You will be reading tales of some of the men who sailed under the Red Duster,this is a photo of two of my old shipmates on the Marchon Trader. The guy with his elbow on his knee was called Alan Mc Mullen, a giant of a man ,he once saved the life of a shipmate during the Algerian war of Independence. They got caught in an angry mob of Arabs who attacked them with knives,alans mated suffered a couple of stab wounds that made his lose consciousness and Alan put him over his shoulder and fought his way through the mob ,getting several knife wounds in the process. he succeeded in getting to safety and saved his mate from bleeding to death. Another man who rightly fits the definition of hero. The other guy? like me he was just an ordinary seaman called Fred.