Coastal tankers armament

japottinger
3rd January 2012, 15:18
Two small coastal tankers designed for far east use were built by A.& J. Inglis in Glasgow in 1945, the Empire Campden and Empire Grosvenor. They had accommodation for DEMS gunners and mounted three guns, two on fore deck and one on the poop, can anyone confirm what type of guns these were please.
The first was bought by Everard and renamed Anonity.

stan mayes
3rd January 2012, 16:00
Hello Jim,
A happy New Year for you and yours...
As they were mounted they were probably oerlikons?
Very doubtful to be Bofors on a coaster - I may be wrong.
My pal Alick Sangster was a DEMS gunner and one of his ships
was Kelly's Donaghadee....He was the only DEMS on her and her
armaments were one Oerlikon - one Lewis fired from the shoulder
and one rifle..
I was in a coastal sailing barge at start of the war and we were given
a Ross rifle (1914 vintage) it was for destroying floating mines if we
saw any..
Regards,
Stan

chadburn
3rd January 2012, 17:18
Two small coastal tankers designed for far east use were built by A.& J. Inglis in Glasgow in 1945, the Empire Campden and Empire Grosvenor. They had accommodation for DEMS gunners and mounted three guns, two on fore deck and one on the poop, can anyone confirm what type of guns these were please.
The first was bought by Everard and renamed Anonity.

Don't know for sure but by your description it sound's like they had the same armament set up as a "CHANT". Regard's.

japottinger
5th January 2012, 21:19
Many thanks Geordie, from what I can see on a trials photo in shipping magazine it looks like a single barrel, altough shrouded in canvas cover.
Jim