British Esso T2's

John Tremelling
1st August 2009, 11:12
Hello Gentlemen of Esso.

I am painting a 1200 Waterline T2 as an Esso Tanker, and naturally would wish to flag it British. I am unable to find if any T2's did sail under the Red Duster. Any info?

Failing that I shall paint it as US flagged Esso Worcester, formerly Multnoman. I have a decent photo of her, only one query, what colour were the decks? I seem to recall Boot Topping Red?

As a Trident Tanker Apprentice of the 60's I have fond memories of seeing T's, and associate them more with Esso and Mobil than any other company.

Thanks,

John T

John Tremelling
1st August 2009, 11:31
PS, Just found one in the photo gallery,

Esso Avonmouth, completed by Sun Shipbuilding in 1945 as Fort Massiac. Bought by Standard Oil in 1949 she became Esso Valparaiso; under the Panamanian flag until 1955 when renamed Esso Avonmouth. She remained under the British flag until 1960 then sold to Greek owners as Athlon. In 1962 she was rebuilt as a bulk carrier and lasted until 14 March 1975 when she arrived at Bilbao to be broken up.

Any other info welcome regarding this or any other British Esso T2's.

John T

callpor
2nd August 2009, 11:04
John,

Just taken a look in the Esso fleet history "Sailing Ship to Supertanker" and see that there were nine T" ships acquired by Anglo-American in 1946-47 all managed by Esso Transportation Company. Namely Esso Manchester; Esso Purfleet; Esso Fawley; Esso Cardiff; Esso Bristol; Esso Birmingham; Esso Glasgow; Cleveland; and Esso Avonmouth added in 1955. Esso Glasgow was probably the most welknown employed in UK coastal service from 1957 until scrapped in 1971. Chris Allport

janbonde
2nd August 2009, 15:30
There were another 6 in the early fifties they never had the Esso logo on the stack they were under th Panama flag,i sailed in two of them before I returned home to Canada They were the Steens Mountain,White River which I was on, also on the Lucky Star,Barren hills,Olympic Mariner,I cannot remember the sixth one

John Tremelling
2nd August 2009, 21:07
Esso Glasgow seems to be a good choice then Chris, must seek some photos.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

John T

price
3rd August 2009, 09:12
Esso Glasgow seems to be a good choice then Chris, must seek some photos.

Thanks to everyone for their help.

John T

For authenticity, you will require a photo of the Esso Glasgow pre 1957, she was lengthened and considerably altered in appearance in HW Belfast in that year.
Bruce.

John Tremelling
3rd August 2009, 09:30
Rules Esso Glasgow out then Bruce, I want to model one as it was when I went to sea, September 64. It will be a while before I need to decide, my start is USS Guadelupe, which I am stripping of its guns etc.

Thanks for the info,

John T

Cisco
3rd August 2009, 12:57
, I want to model one as it was when I went to sea, September 64.

John T

looks like you will have to go for a Caltex/Overseas Tankships one then. I'm pretty sure that by '64 they were, with the sole exception of Esso Glasgow, the only operator of T2s under UK flag.

torretta
3rd August 2009, 18:35
Take a look at Auke Visser's web site dedicated to Esso UK ships. Here are some links, and for some of the ships there are some detailed pictures. Here are some of the links:

Esso Cardiff: http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id252.htm
Esso Fawley: http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id242.htm
Esso Manchester: http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id223.htm
Esso Purfleet: http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id411.htm (some nice detailed pictures)
Esso Birmingham:http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id158.htm
Esso London:http://www.aukevisser.nl/uk/id191.htm

Regards,

John Tremelling
3rd August 2009, 19:57
Very useful, thanks.

John T