British Tanker Company

Ian Whitehouse
26th October 2008, 19:14
I am researching the experiences of my Father-in-Law, Dennis Weedon, he is now 83 and we want to record his experiences for the family and for relevant archives. Dennis was an apprentice and latterly 3rd mate with the BRitish Tanker Company (and MoWT) from 1941 - 1947. He served on several "British XXXXX" ships including the following:

British Faith
Empire Corporal (formerly British Corporal). Sank off Cuba 15 August 1942 by U-598.
British Fortitude - Damaged by U-202 mid Atlantic Feb 1943
British Patience
British Lady
British Prestige

I would be grateful for any information regarding life as an apprentice with the British Tanker line and information on the ships, their crews and life at sea during WWII.

K urgess
26th October 2008, 19:16
Welcome aboard, Ian.
I've moved your post into the BP tanker forum for a better response.
This is where all the BP crew live and I'm sure they'll be glad to help.
Meanwhile find your way around this ship and enjoy the voyage.
For information on the ships you should do a search on the Miramar site and in our gallery.
http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/

BillH
26th October 2008, 19:32
I am researching the experiences of my Father-in-Law, Dennis Weedon, he is now 83 and we want to record his experiences for the family and for relevant archives. Dennis was an apprentice and latterly 3rd mate with the BRitish Tanker Company (and MoWT) from 1941 - 1947. He served on several "British XXXXX" ships including the following:

British Faith
Empire Corporal (formerly British Corporal). Sank off Cuba 15 August 1942 by U-598.
British Fortitude - Damaged by U-202 mid Atlantic Feb 1943
British Patience
British Lady
British Prestige

I would be grateful for any information regarding life as an apprentice with the British Tanker line and information on the ships, their crews and life at sea during WWII.
This should keep you going for a while

BRITISH FAITH
O.N. 149974. 6,959g. 4,133n. 10,887d. 441.8 x 56.9 x 33.7 feet.
8-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (29-1/8" x 59-1/16") oil engine manufactured by Akt. Burmeister & Wains Maskin-og-Skipsbyggeri, Copenhagen. 3,265 bhp.
Ocean going tanker.
12.10.1927: Launched by the Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Dundee (Yard No. 313), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
1.1928: Completed.
6.4.1956: Arrived at Swansea.
9.4.1956: Sold to the British Iron & Steel Corporation and allocated to T. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield, for demolition at their Milford Haven facility.
16.4.1956: Arrived at Milford Haven.


BRITISH CORPORAL / EMPIRE CORPORAL
O.N. 146561. 6,972g. 4,072n. 10,817d. 440.0 x 57.1 x 33.8 feet.
Two, steam turbines manufactured by the shipbuilder, double reduction geared to a single screw. 3,270 shp.
Ocean going tanker.
29.11.1921: Launched by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Company Ltd., Jarrow (Yard No. 923), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
23.5.1922: Completed.
4.7.1940: Whilst at a position 50.13N., 12.35W., 10 miles south from Portland Bill, was severely damaged by a German "E" boat. Declared a total loss, the vessel was taken over by the Ministry of Shipping (subsequently restyled as the Ministry of War Transport), repaired and renamed EMPIRE CORPORAL, (the British Tanker Company Ltd., appointed as managers).
10.8.1942: Departed from Curacao as part of convoy TAW 12 J, bound to Key West.
14.8.1942: Sunk with a torpedo by the German submarine U 598, at a position 21.45N., 76.10W., off the north coast of Cuba.


BRITISH FORTITUDE
O.N. 165448. 8,482g. 4,993n. 12,265d. 466.9 x 62.0 x 34.0 feet.
4-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (23-5/8" x 91-5/16") oil engine manufactured by Wm. Doxford & Sons Ltd., Sunderland. 3,435 bhp.
Ocean going tanker.
11.2.1937: Launched by Cammell, Laird & Company Ltd., Birkenhead (Yard No. 1020), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
4.1937: Completed.
23.2.1943: Whilst on a ballast voyage from the Bristol Channel to Curacao, was damaged with a torpedo by the German submarine U 202, at a position 31.10.N., 27.30.W.
8.3.1943: Arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
14.3.1943: Arrived at Tampa, Florida for repair.
1.6.1956: Owners restyled as BP Tanker Company Ltd.
1957: Renamed ANGLIAN FORTITUDE, (Common Bros. Ltd., Newcastle, appointed as managers).
26.8.1958: Arrived at Rotterdam for demolition by Frank Rijsdiyks Industries Ltd., at Henrik Ido Ambacht.
Resold and 27.8.1958: Arrived at Antwerp for demolition by Jos De Smedt, at Burcht.
9.1958: Work commenced.


BRITISH PATIENCE
O.N. 168451. 8,097g. 4,757n. 11,961d. 463.2 x 61.2 x 33.1 feet.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (29-1/8" x 59-1/16") B&W type oil engine manufactured by the shipbuilder. 3,200 bhp.
Ocean going tanker.
23.3.1943: Launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Glasgow (Yard No. 1166 G), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
15.6.1943: Completed.
1.6.1956: Owners restyled as BP Tanker Company Ltd.
8.9.1961: Arrived at Troon for demolition by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company Ltd.


BRITISH PRESTIGE
O.N. 162553. 7,106g. 4,180n. 11,040d. 440.6 x 59.5 x 33.0 feet.
8-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (29-1/8" x 59-1/16") B&W type oil engine manufactured by J. G. Kincaid & Company Ltd., Greenock. 3,265 bhp.
Ocean going tanker.
23.12.1930: Launched by Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 850), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
3.1931: Completed.
13.11.1940: Sustained mine damage off Humber Boom.
9.2.1956: Arrived at Swansea.
24.2.1956: Sold to the British Iron & Steel Corporation, and allocated to T. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield for demolition at their Barrow in Furness facility.
29.2.1956: Arrived at their Briton Ferry facility, having been re-allocated.


In the case of this vessel her war years were under Admiralty ownership
BRITISH LADY
O.N. 146698. 6,098g. 3,520n. 9,517d. 412.0 x 54.8 x 32.9 feet.
Two, steam turbines manufactured by Metropolitan-Vickers Electric Company Ltd., Manchester, double reduction geared to a single screw shaft. 3,200 hp.
Ocean going tanker.
19.10.1922: Launched by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd., Sunderland (Yard No. 548), for the British Tanker Company Ltd.
2.1923: Completed.
1939: Sold to the Admiralty for employment as a Naval oiler in the Scapa Flow area.
1946: Sold for demolition, at Sunderland.