I sailed on M.V. Oakmore (Furness Withy) for 6 weeks in Summer 1957. My father wanted to convince me that I did not really want to go to sea and arranged this trip during my school holidays! I signed on as a "Supernumerary" and occupied one of the 12 passenger cabins on the stbd fwd corner of the accommodation. He (Dad) was proved wrong and I signed up with Esso Petroleum Co. as an Engineer Cadet in 1959. I never regretted my first career, it "set me up for life".
M.V. Oakmore (7 cyl Krupp Diesel engine) was indeed a German ship during WW2 and was sunk by the RAF (I believe). She was re-floated and a 300mm diameter shell hole in the steering Gear compartment was covered over and welded up but it was still clear for all to see. There was probably other evidence of damage that I did not see!
I enjoyed my "First Trip" and was treated very well by the engine room staff and crew. I was worked hard and enjoyed that too. Oakmore was the only motor ship I sailed on as all the Esso tankers I sailed on were steamships. The coasters (Esso Lambeth and Esso Preston) had Steam Reciprocating engines and all the others steam turbines. I most enjoyed the smaller deep sea ships (36k DWT, 46kdwt and the Flagship Esso Warwickshire c/w an Air conditioned Control Room.) Warwickshire was the least interesting - nothing went wrong! Boring Boring.
Enough of me. If there is more I can contribute about Oakmore, just ask.
A clue where I might find a picture of Oakmore would be good! Andy Owler MIMarEST