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BRITISH BEACON - MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL

BRITISH BEACON - MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL

BP's British Beacon 35000dwt butts into a head sea in the Mozambique Channel whilst on passage with a full cargo of Iraqi crude from the Persian Gulf to Durban in early 1967.

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Thanks for posting these 2 photos of the old girl Paul - really brings back memories. She would have been about 8 years old when you took them & starting to show her age. Some would say she started to show her age in the engine room after her maiden voyage.....
Kind regards,
John.
 

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I joined her in March 1968 as 3/E doing my steam time. We had problems down below, 80 ton a day water consumption and the infamous SCAM evaporators which couldn't cope. Once we had repaired the steam leaks and used several pounds of Dry Acid Powder in the SCAMs the consumption was reduced and we could make 80tons of water day!

It was a rumour that the company had bought the six Eyetie ships for the price of five, they had a bad reputation amongst the engineers. I also sailed on the Lantern and can honestly say that I have sailed on British built ships where we had as many if not more problems. My own experience was that it was largely due to the attitude of the so called "Steam Men".

Gerry.
 

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Lovely shot Paul,
the Italian connection is clearly visible in the Spaghetti bends in the gas riser pipes !

Regards,
Rick
 

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