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BRITISH ROBIN

BRITISH ROBIN

The 1960 Port Glasgow built BRITISH ROBIN was photographed passing Portishead, outbound from Avonmouth, on 4th December 1966

She became the Bordeaux operated LOT in 1977, then the Sharjah operated FAL XI in 1983, before being broken up at Gadani Beach where she was beached on 24th October 1986

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Beautiful, clear photo of her Cranfield - thanks for posting. Shame that she's wearing grey. I never did understand how the Robin (& her sister the Swift) could be considered sea birds by BP. The Trust, of course, was a one off.
Kind regards,
John.
 

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Oooohhhhhh .... nice photo of a very nice tanker .... lets hear it for the "Birdy Boat" but, as John says that b%4#@@y awfull grey paint ...
 

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I think that the "Birdie Boats" were some of the best looking tankers ever built.
I may be wrong, but I think these ships were some of the first BP ships to have fashion plates and a bit of styling around the mast and Sampson posts. The hull appears to have a nice curve to it as well. I imagine the foredeck and the after deck had quite a slope on them, each inclined towards midships?
Yeah, great looking ships :eek:
 

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Great photo, just caught up with this shot of Robin, I was 3/O in 1963/4, signed on in Middlesboro 8/9/63, reluctantly signed off Kwinana Oz on 4/3/64 to xfer to Kestrel as 2/O. So I got 2 Birdie Boats, they were known for their attractive looks and excellent accommodation, the best I ever had on BP tankers. They certainly look a lot better than today's modern ships, I have never liked the all aft designs, served on only one, constant engine noise and lively movement compared to midships. Plus we had decks we could walk around outside.
 

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you mention the slope of the foredeck. I remember on the Kiwi swinging a valve on number one tank when the decks were still covered in early morning dew. Think I was uncert 3/0. Anyway my legs went from beneath me and I sat on my backside. Trouble was the meat and two veg were hanging lower and I sat on those as well. Remember the mate Terry Tytheridge giving me a check over in the sick bay and being amazed at how they had swelled up!!!
 

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