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Search: Posts Made By: John_F
Forum: BP Shipping 3rd November 2010, 23:16
Replies: 6
Views: 1,135
Posted By John_F
As Mick says, plenty of names to bring back the...

As Mick says, plenty of names to bring back the memories. I've been in touch with a couple over the last 12 months - Brian Bulmer & Peter Witham. Brian resides in New Zealand & Peter in the North...
Forum: BP Shipping 1st November 2010, 22:47
Replies: 5
Views: 1,598
Posted By John_F
Hi Mac & welcome to the site from someone of...

Hi Mac & welcome to the site from someone of exactly the same BP vintage.
Your best bet may be contacting BP direct. Their archives are held by Warwick University. If you contact the archives &...
Forum: BP Shipping 1st November 2010, 21:43
Replies: 8
Views: 1,185
Posted By John_F
Gabby also wrote his autobiography - A Love of...

Gabby also wrote his autobiography - A Love of Ships - which is a good read.
I sailed very briefly with him on the Birch when he was a Marine Superintendant in 1960. The Birch was sailing from...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 7th September 2010, 17:22
Replies: 4
Views: 1,214
Posted By John_F
Stan, Send a PM to Graham Wallace of this site....

Stan,
Send a PM to Graham Wallace of this site. Its a long shot but Graham has a lot of information on quite a few ex BP personnel.
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: BP Shipping 20th August 2010, 21:11
Replies: 4
Views: 1,267
Posted By John_F
A tragic event & well documented on this site by...

A tragic event & well documented on this site by you, Graham. Sincere condolences to all relatives & loved ones of those who died on that day.
I'm afraid that I never came across Colin Ferryman....
Forum: BP Shipping 17th August 2010, 11:11
Replies: 28
Views: 10,803
Posted By John_F
Hi Pam, I regret to say that the names do not...

Hi Pam,
I regret to say that the names do not ring a bell with me. Do you know what ranks they held ?
kind regards,
John.
Forum: BP Shipping 15th August 2010, 17:29
Replies: 5
Views: 1,473
Posted By John_F
IoG plus one Mk.1 Birdie Boat in original...

IoG plus one Mk.1 Birdie Boat in original colours. Birdie Boat fans will be ecstatic (not to mention Barnsey). Thanks for posting Twogrumpy.
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: The Bridge 12th August 2010, 10:29
Replies: 37
Views: 4,428
Posted By John_F
Graham, The buttons with the lion "couchant"...

Graham,
The buttons with the lion "couchant" were in use up till 1955 when they were changed to "rampant". As this must have been round about the time that you joined BP I imagine that you must have...
Forum: P & O 14th July 2010, 10:39
Replies: 17
Views: 4,867
Posted By John_F
I think the Garonne was on long term charter to...

I think the Garonne was on long term charter to BP. Whilst I was serving as a first trip apprentice on the British Glory, we had on board the future Mate of the Garonne who did a few trips with us to...
Forum: BP Shipping 17th June 2010, 20:48
Replies: 5
Views: 1,776
Posted By John_F
Hi Graham, I sailed with Peter Jarrams when we...

Hi Graham,
I sailed with Peter Jarrams when we were both Nav Apps on the Beacon & then on the Birch. I was in touch with him last year. He did 2 further years with BP after getting his 2nd Mate's...
Forum: Say Hello 7th June 2010, 10:21
Replies: 5
Views: 1,220
Posted By John_F
Jonham, Contact Graham Wallace on this site -...

Jonham,
Contact Graham Wallace on this site - ex BP Engineer - who has a large database of engineer apprentices (& other ranks), starting from the 50s.
Kind regards,
John
Forum: BP Shipping 22nd April 2010, 22:15
Replies: 52
Views: 6,660
Posted By John_F
Derek, I can only remember using the water...

Derek,
I can only remember using the water paste when arriving at a discharge port. Tank inspection was usually carried out at the loading port by the loading agent, prior to loading, to ensure that...
Forum: BP Shipping 21st April 2010, 10:42
Replies: 52
Views: 6,660
Posted By John_F
I must have been at sea about the same time as...

I must have been at sea about the same time as you Billieboy. The first fans that we had were driven by compressed air & were very noisy, especially in the confined space of a tank. Ear protectors...
Forum: BP Shipping 20th April 2010, 22:31
Replies: 52
Views: 6,660
Posted By John_F
Dickyboy, Sorry that the photo is not very...

Dickyboy,
Sorry that the photo is not very clear. It doesn't show the opening in the top of the windsock.
There is a vertical rectangular opening at the top of the windsock, about 3' high x 2'...
Forum: BP Shipping 20th April 2010, 11:17
Replies: 52
Views: 6,660
Posted By John_F
Dickyboy, There is a photo of the Patriot in...

Dickyboy,
There is a photo of the Patriot in North Shields showing windsocks rigged:
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/215196/title/british-patriot/cat/503
Kind regards,...
Forum: BP Shipping 19th April 2010, 21:56
Replies: 6
Views: 1,486
Posted By John_F
Stevie, I think these "shoots" must have...

Stevie,
I think these "shoots" must have happened every 10 years or so. I still have the BP recruitment brochure from the '50s showing a relaxed, easy going life aboard which seduced me into signing...
Forum: BP Shipping 26th March 2010, 22:32
Replies: 18
Views: 3,032
Posted By John_F
We got thrashed there in '62 on the Patriot. ...

We got thrashed there in '62 on the Patriot.
Kandla was usually paired with Port Okha (situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch) as ports for discharge. Orders for loading in Bombay for discharge...
Forum: BP Shipping 20th March 2010, 01:37
Replies: 8
Views: 3,709
Posted By John_F
Hi George, I was on the Beacon from her maiden...

Hi George,
I was on the Beacon from her maiden trip in '59 for 8 months. After her first voyage, from Banias to IOG, she blew half her boiler tubes which necessitated a return to her birthplace -...
Forum: BP Shipping 28th January 2010, 17:38
Replies: 49
Views: 6,229
Posted By John_F
There's a photo of the Hole in the Wall here: ...

There's a photo of the Hole in the Wall here:
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6889
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th January 2010, 21:24
Replies: 31
Views: 8,585
Posted By John_F
John, I well remember the radial davits that we...

John,
I well remember the radial davits that we had aboard the Wendorian (KEVII Nautical College training vessel in the 50s, early 60s.) During my week aboard her in 1958 we had lifeboat drill many...
Forum: Nautical Colleges 14th January 2010, 19:48
Replies: 26
Views: 8,881
Posted By John_F
Tom Wood & Joe C, I remember being aboard the...

Tom Wood & Joe C,
I remember being aboard the Magellan on a trip from Wapping Basin (where the Wendorian was berthed) to the Thames Embankment (HQS Wellington) with Captain Miller in command. This...
Forum: BP Shipping 22nd December 2009, 17:14
Replies: 7
Views: 1,038
Posted By John_F
Pete8, Dark red as in this photo of the...

Pete8,
Dark red as in this photo of the Aviator:
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=18914
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: BP Shipping 30th November 2009, 16:33
Replies: 22
Views: 7,095
Posted By John_F
Lucky Man! Three Birdies in a row! [=P] Welcome...

Lucky Man! Three Birdies in a row! [=P]
Welcome to the site.
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: BP Shipping 11th November 2009, 12:07
Replies: 24
Views: 3,905
Posted By John_F
........and plenty of R 'n' R I expect! Have a...

........and plenty of R 'n' R I expect!
Have a good trip Jim & a nice warm Christmas by the sounds of it. Thanks for all your really interesting posts.
Kind regards,
John.
Forum: BP Shipping 9th November 2009, 22:17
Replies: 27
Views: 3,585
Posted By John_F
Chief Charles/Geoff, Phew! Thanks for that!...

Chief Charles/Geoff,
Phew! Thanks for that! Like Archie, I know my RAM is not in the gigabyte class, possibly due to a surfeit of too much "Vin Rouge" lately. However, the 2 Birdies that I had the...
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