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British Grenadier coming into Milford Haven, (I think, but if anyone knows better please post). She was one of a class of crude carriers all with military sounding names built arround 1962 and 1963. The Grenadier was built by Vickers Armstrong in Barrow in Furness. Lauched in August '62 and complete

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Think Bombardier and Cavalier were sisters - both launched 62 with amidships accomm?? Bombardier built at Glasgow and Cavalier at Sunderland.
My photo of the Guardsman:-
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/5599/password/0/sort/1/cat/all/page/1
 

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Paul, thanks for the correction, the memory gets less reliable with time! Great shot of the Guardsman, I have a couple of my own which I'll post when I've managed to clean them up properly.On reflection, I'm sure you are right as I can only remember sailing on one "all after". Seem to recall Bombadier was built at A. Stephen & Sons of Glasgow. I was only on her for 4 months, got transferred to the British Diplomat out in the gulf because her 1st mate got taken ill and had to be flown home so the company did a musical chairs job to ensure all ships out there had their legal minimum of qualified deck officers.
 

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I'm not sure this is Milford Haven as the tugs there at that time were run by, I think, Reas and had a high, enclosed superstructure which made it almost impossible for them to get alongside a ship on a windy day. Don't recognise the tug colours at all - no doubt someone will.
 

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Dave, I rather hoped that the tugs would provide a clue, just need someone who's an expert on them. The only ones I remember well are BP's own out in the gulf, otherwise they didn't make much impression on my memory. In truth it could be anywhere with a crude terminal.
 

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Alistair, Good picture. The Grenadier was my thrid ship after two Shell tankers, SS Vibex and SS Horomya. I remember joining her by tug boat just off the Isle of Grain on Christmas Eve 1965 so that the outgoing crew could get home for Christmas. The accommodation was huge by comparison to anything I had been on before or after, even as a deck boy I had a single cabin. Shipped out with an Irish mate called Danny O'Connell. Regards
Jim Pratt
 

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My very first ship. Joined in Wilhelmshaven in Oct/Nov 1972. God it was cold!
Gulf-Europe-Nigeria-Europe-Nigeria-Europe, paid off in Angle Bay. How I survived the first trip through the Bay I will never know
 

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Hello, this is my very first post but hopefully I can find a few of the past crew members from 1970. I sailed on the British Grenadier in late 1970 after having been on the British Hawthorn from January 1st until July.( had to pay off sick to have an operation in Freemantle Australia after rupturing myself helping with ships stores ) I joined the Grenadier in Merseilles France, like most of the crew, as the ship had been in dry dock for repairs. We spent about 5 days in Mersailles until the ship was ready. I think that most of the trip was Mediteranean / Europe / Africa. Unfotunately I did not keep a diary for the trip as I had done for the 6 months on the British Hawthorn. The grenadier was a great ship to work on. A definite step up in size and quality from the Hawthorn. Like others have mentioned, I was just a ' Senior Ordinary Engine Room Rating ' ( senior engine room boy ! ) but still had my own cabin. Are there any users of this site that was on the grenadier in 1970?
 

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