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TommyRob



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BP's British Poplar is outward bound at Gravesend 30 November 1974. Built in 1965 she was 13,530 gr tons. Handsome vessels as they were they perhaps could not quite match the charisma of some of the earlier classes.
· Date: Thu, 12 February 15 · Views: 274
· Filesize: 68.9kb, 74.0kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 641 ·
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Keywords: British Poplar
Source of Image, If not your own: Own Negative
Location photo was taken: Gravesend
Date photo was taken: 30 11 1974
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peter83
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Registered: December 2006
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Thu, 12 February 15 11:41

I spent nine months on the "Holly" striaght from builders - good trip, good ports, rattled a bit, lots of wedges in use, deck valves very tight, mate from Glasgow an utter ass*le, - average trip as an apprentice.
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barnsey

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Registered: April 2007
Location: Westport. South Island. New Zealand
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Sat, 14 February 15 01:23

Hey Peter ... 'deck valves a bit tight'... an understatement if ever there was one ..... you should have been on the 'Beech' in her early days ....all 130 odd were as tight as ...minimum two wheel keys needed per valve!

I wonder if we had the same mate as you ...?

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mhustwith
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Registered: June 2007
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Sat, 14 February 15 09:58

Joined the Poplar as 3rd Mate 16/2/76 in Augusta, paid off 1/7/76 in Leghorn. Old man when I paid off was I D Walker. I totally agree about the valves - I was on 3 'trees' - Willow, Vine and Poplar and all were the same for stiff valves, with the cruciform valves being the worst. I assume the black oil ones had easier valves?
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derekhore

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Registered: September 2007
Location: Marldon
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Mon, 16 February 15 04:46

We carried a cargo of lub oils and transformer oils on the Laurel - you could spin the valves with your little finger!!

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