British Power/engineer

24th March 2006, 10:30
Researching my late fathers sea service.Served as a RO2 on these ships 5/06/40to19/10/40 and 19/10/40 to25/10/41 respectively.Looking for ship information,photos.iain

24th March 2006, 14:35

British Power : Completed by Harland & Wolf (12,172 dwt) on 16.12.1936. She spent her entire life with BP, being scrapped at Rottedam in July 1958.

British Engineer : Completed by Workman, Clark & Co. (10,898 dwt) in June 1922. On 12.6.1944 she suffered mine damage in the Channel. She was repaired & remained with BP until 1952 when she was sold to Vivalet Shipping & Trading Co. of Panama & renamed Emily. In 1954 she was again sold to Traders & Shippers (Tankers) Ltd., of Israel & renamed Yarkon. In November 1958 she was sold to Cantiera Nav. Santa Maria SpA of La Spezia but was resold to Brodospas of Split, Croatia for demolition.
Details & photo of British Engineer from Havey & Solly - BP Tankers: A group Fleet History.
Photo of British Power from Norman Middlemiss - The British Tankers.
Kind regards,
John F.

24th March 2006, 14:46
Further details of the H&W built vessel:-
British Power Built by Harland and Wolff at Govan yard number 968G launched 16th September 1936 delivered 16th December 1936 8334 gross tons. Sister ship was British Destiny yard number 969G.

25th March 2006, 08:19
What are all the hallards for on the british engineer. pulling up sails to get a bit more power?


Blair Lagerstedt

25th March 2006, 11:54

These halliards were used for the windsails which were used for gas-freeing the tanks after cleaning. The windsail was a long cylinder of canvas, open at each end. The length of the cylinder was equal to about half the depth of the tank. The windsail was lowered into the tank on the halliard through the open tank lid. The top opening of the windsail projected about 15' above the tank opening & had flaps with guys attached & this opening was trimmed into the wind. Fresh air was thereby forced into the tank, pushing out any remaining gas. These windsails were gradually superceded in the 60s when fans driven by compressed air were introduced to do the same job.
John F.

17th January 2007, 19:52
My first ship as an apprentice was the British Engneer joined her in Swansea
in May 1945. she was an old ship then, no water in the cabins just a pull down washbasin, over run with cockroaches, but a happy ship. I served on her for two months then she dry docked,so i went to Falmouth and joined British Dilligence, it was like a palace after the old Engineer.
derek darlington

17th January 2007, 20:11
Derek D

Should that be 1954/1945 - just guessing!!

17th January 2007, 20:18
It was 1945,I am a young 77.

Ian Hamer
13th August 2009, 12:21
My Father served on the British Power as a cadet in 1945.

He took vehicle and aviation fuel from England to support the Burma campaign.
The tanker anchored in Palk Straight off Ceylon, and delivered the fuel to the army and RAF.

He was awarded the Burma Star, as well as other campaign medals.

My father is now in his early 80s.