Hi Malcolm.........I sailed on her from May '63 to April '64 the O.M. being Jackie Walters (sp). I heard the self same story abot that Midship structure from the Deck Super (No Name) so I have no doubt that either it is true or she was built with something else in mind and Moss bought her off the stocks......Dunno............Cheers..............Pete
Jim and Malcolm, my memory is the same. She was designed to be with midships accommodation and then the design was changed. I was the first Brock's R/O on this ship in July 1965 and I must say I did not like her much. She must have been a nightmare for the engineers because we spent a lot of time broken down including 3 days in the Indian Ocean once.
In addition to deck quoits we rigged up some form of netting and played cricket on the midships section, the ball attrition rate was a bit heavy though.
I sailed on her in 1966 /67 . I seem to recollect being told she was originally designed as a T2 tanker then changed to a diesel "Doxford P type " Perhaps some experts on T 2 tankers can comment .
Gadgee, I have zoomed in on the original slide to see if I can identify the name. The slide was not scanned at a particularly high resolution and was never enhanced in any way. As far as I can see it is either a three or four letter name on the Maersk vessel. If you, or anyone, really wants to know then I will have to dig out the old slide and re scan at high res and that will tell us. Whatever her name she would have been a better ship than the Lucigen, she must have been on a short list for the worst ship in the British MN.
William, well done I think you have got it. I have zoomed in again and the last three letters certainly look like 'LEO'. The first letter just looks like some form of black mark or damage to the slide so that is impossible to tell.