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TEXACO GREAT BRITAIN

TEXACO OVERSEAS TANKSHIPS LTD

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My god what a posjab she was, sailed on her in 1976 kiel canal to ras tan and back.anyone ever see the holes in the liftshaft in the engine room beside the cargo tubine??
 

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I do believe they came from the cargo pump turbine casing that explodied when ballasting after leaving Rotterdam for sea trials, 1 weirs pump rep was killed & 2 others were badly injured & air lifted to hospital. the vessel then sailed to the Firth of Forth to repair the damaged Peter Brotherhood cargo pump turbine. Shrapnel from the turbine casing also pierced the vent trunking near the lift.
 

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[COLOR="Blue"]A dear friend of mine in Whitley Bay, who is ex BTC/BP (& started as a deck cadet in 1949!) has passed some information onto me from a recently departed local friend of his - Alex Anderson, a former Chief Engineer with Texaco, who was Ch/Eng. on her at the time.
I have his permission to use the quote:-
[COLOR="DarkRed"]"I was lucky, when the bulkhead between No's 3 (ballast) & No 2 dry tank collapsed tearing the ships side and pulling down the main deck, the weather was good and we were trailed by a Texaco Panamanian Tanker well behind so that we could just see his smoke in case we broke up but we made Dakar, French West Africa & anchored outside the harbour. I was well overdue leave and the company were stumped what to do with her so I went home on leave returning when repairs of a sort nicknamed the CLAG had been completed.

The crew had been removed and I was left with Junior 2nd, 3rd & 4th engineers, Junior Mate and 2nd Mate and deck super who was very capable as I remember with meals sent aboard by the the salvage company tug cook. I was to work with the tug chief but he was not a happy man, he knew they were heading for trouble and so it turned out as he forecast. We took fuel for her in our port aft bunker tank and after sorting things out below with our diesel for power on the tow to transfer fuel etc off they went. Diesel Electric with four Main Diesels, he lost one after the other as he forecast and somehow the company got engineers and mates out to her to steam her to the breakers with another tug in attendance in case she broke up....they were lucky.

So was I, out of harms way on the Texaco Spain another VLCC with it's own problems. On a previous voyage an accident in the pump room had killed an engineer.

You can read the tale of how they steamed the GB to the breakers if you are interested. Surprised Sue was keen enough look the article up because I didn't know it existed."[/COLOR]

Regards, Rick

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Hi all, Texaco GB my first ship as 5th Engineer after completing Cadetship. A beast of a ship to keep engine room running smoothly! After this sailed on Texaco Spain had to stop in Canary Islands to check bow plates, ended up Spanish had used welding rods as fillers as plates were undersize. My first ship as Cadet was Texaco Newcastle!! Yes I was on her when we lost engines off Lands End and were towed into Pembroke, now she was a real beast of a ship. They should have left her sailing on West African Coast! Was on her in Lagos when we had a boiler economiser fire, funnel was like a Roman candle, quite a night fire fighting a metallic fire.Tanks were open not fully Gas free luck the wind was Port to Starboard! 2nd ship as Cadet was MV Texaco Gloucester. Sailed though Channel in the mother of all storms ended up lots of damage on deck and most of crew and officers in bed sick. What a night in that engine room with the Doxfords racing and overspeed trip failing to operate until it was hit with a large sledge hammer. Somehow we survived!
 

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