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Westmorland

Westmorland berthing at Wellington 1972

Official No. 308035 Speed: 19.5 knots.
Tonnages 8,230 gross 4,468 net 11,858 deadweight
Dimensions Length: 527' 7" Beam: 71' 2" Depth: 44' 6"
Shipowner: Federal Steam Navigation Co.
Machinery: Eight cylinder 2 S.C. SA oil engine manufacture

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On her return to the UK would have been the time she lost her Federal funnel markings and went P&O?
 

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I reckon we did one more trip in these colours.
The derricks worked well, the D frames were effective spreaders. But not always popular with the wharfies who naturally preferred two men to be employed on union purchase.
 

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Nice picture - shame it's not in colour to show of the green hull. The derricks were Hallon?? or something like that from memory.
 

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Can someone please explain the use of the tank carried on No.3 Hatch please? I've seen this in photos of other ships of the class and always wondered what it was for.
 

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From memory the tallow tanks on these ships - Tongariro anyhow, where in integral deep tanks complete with heating coils. A real pain in the rear, again from memory. Tongariro was the last of the four ships and it just might be that the tank in the picture could be for tallow or similar, but it would have to have been fitted with heating coils of some sort? I was on Taupo as well but can't remember tallow tanks??
The tank in the picture could of course just be deck cargo??
 

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During my time on the "Piako" we had two tanks, both for tallow.
One stbd side #3 and one stbd side #5
 

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Have just had a look at some info I have on all of the "Tee" class ships and it appears that Westmorland and Taupo did not have any liquid cargo tanks, Tongariro and Tekoa both had liquid cargo tanks of 16,920 cu ft. Also look like the tank on the Starboard side forward of the accommodation in way of No 3 hatch is a permanent fixture. I have a picture taken in the P&O livery and it is there.
 

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This is getting rather interesting Dox.
I have here the article that appeared in the April 1966 edition of "The Motor Ship". This report was based on their inspection of "Taupo" and "Westmorland", and they make reference to the liquid cargo tanks at Frames 61-68 with a capacity that you mention.
I've also had a look at other pictures I have (photocopies only) of the ships. One shows the tank on "Westmorland" when in P&O colours on the starboard side of No.3 as above. Then there's another one of her in Federal colours with the tank on the port side mounted between No.2 & 3 hatches.
Then there's a photo of "Tongariro" (in P&O colours) with a tank mounted on the port side and then a later photo (when she had a corn-colured hull) with a tank on the starboard side.
From this, one would assume they were perhaps deck cargo, but there seems to be an awful lot of them, all the same and in different positions.
Is it possible they were for additional fresh water?
 

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