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Old 9th August 2009, 21:03
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Smile Esso Cambria

Looking for history and stories from the Esso Cambria that my Grandfather sailed on ( see John Angus Macleod)

Was at the launch and was on board during its build in the Netherlands.

Look forward to hearing from anyone about the Cambria

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Sean Dixon
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Old 9th August 2009, 22:57
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Built in 1969 by Verolme Dok en Scheepsbouw of Rozenburg, their Yard No. 785, for the Esso Petroleum Company.

VLCC, single deck, longitudinally framed, including use of high tensile steel, all aft machinery and accommodation.

GRT : 127,158
NRT : 90,521
DWT : 249,952
Length : 1,141' 0"
Breadth : 170' 2"
Depth : 65' 6"

Propulsion was by means of two steam turbines developing 31,550 SHP and driving a single screw shaft through double-reduction gearing, to provide a vessel service speed of 16 knots.

Primary steam for the main turbines was supplied by two forced-draught superheated Boilers steaming at a pressure 1,055 lbs sq inch and final superheater steam temperature of 955 degrees Fah. Total heating surface area was 15,000 sq ft.

Power supply 450 volt / 60 Hz / AC was supplied by two turbo alternators rated at 1,500 kW and another T/A unit of 1,125 kW.

The main machinery was manufactured by Verolme Machinenfabrik of Ijsselmonde.

A late friend of mine stood by the vessel during the latter phase of her construction, and then served on board during her North Sea trials. He then served on the short voyage from the yard in Rotterdam to Lisbon, where she was formally handed over to Esso.

He was signed on as 1st Officer at Lisbon, on 5th December 1969, then was later promoted to Chief Officer from 4th January 1970. He signed off at Ras Tanuara, KSA, on 12th March 1970.

He signed on this vessel again, as Chief Officer, at Dakar, Senegal, West Africa on 25th May 1970 and signed off at Mina Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, on 28th August 1970, to go on leave as he was taking time out to do a BSc in Nautical Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic (Sept 1970 - June 1973)

After leaving the vessel at Mina to proceed on leave, he had only just arrived home some 12 hours earlier, he was asked by Esso to get back out to the Gulf ASAP as the ship, fully loaded, had grounded whilst leaving the Gulf, and he was to help to get her stable enough to bring her back to Rotterdam.

After graduation in the summer of 1973, he again joined the Esso Cambria on 19th August 1973 at Milford Haven, firstly as 1st Officer, and promoted again on 27th November 1973 to Chief Officer until signing off, Port de Fos, on 15th January 1974.

Thereafter, he served on Esso Northumbria, Esso Scotia and Esso Ulidia, all 250,000 DWT VLCCs from 1974 through 1977 as Master.
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Old 10th August 2009, 00:11
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Thankyou for the reply. Very concise and gives an excellent foundation for my records.
Have you any further information on your late friend that you would like to forward, as it sounds as if he may have served with my Grandfather?

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Sean
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Old 10th August 2009, 01:16
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Further information, as requested

Errington Court : J.O.S. and S.O.S. : 1954
Trevethoe : S.O.S. : 1955
Taranaki : S.O.S. and E.D.H. : 1955 - 1956
Eucadia : E.D.H. : 1957
Port Lyttelton : E.D.H. : 1957 - 1958
Saxon Star : E.D.H. : 1958
Tasmania Star : AB : 1958 - 1959
Sussex : AB : 1959
Hertford : AB : 1959 - 1960

.... and then Esso Tanker Fleet Vessels as follows :

Bristol : AB : 1960
Windsor : AB : 1960 - 1961
Guildford : AB : 1961
York : 3rd Mate : 1962
Gothenburg : Extra 3rd Mate : 1963
Liverpool : 3rd Mate : 1963
Guildford : 3rd Mate : 1964
Gothenburg : 3rd Mate & 2nd Mate : 1964 - 1965
Lincoln : 2nd Mate : 1965
Libya : 2nd Mate : 1965
Canterbury : 2nd Mate : 1965
Oxford : 2nd Mate : 1966
Durham : 2nd Mate : 1966 - 1967
Oxford : 2nd Mate : 1967
Salisbury : Chief Officer : 1968
Edinburgh : Chief Officer : 1968
Oxford : 1st Officer : 1968
Oxford : Chief Officer : 1968 - 1969
Chelsea : Chief Officer : 1969
Cambria : 1st and Chief Officer : 1969 - 1970
Cambria : Chief Officer : 1970
Cambria : 1st and Chief Officer : 1973 - 1974
Northumbria : Chief Officer and Master : 1974
Northumbria : Chief Officer and Master : 1974 - 1975
Scotia : Chief Officer and Master : 1975
Scotia : Chief Officer : 1975
Ulidia : Master : 1976
Ulidia : Master : 1976
Northumbria : Master : 1976 - 1977

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Old 10th August 2009, 21:58
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Eriskay,

Your profile says you were an engineer, seems to be a mix up somewhere.

Best Regards,

Roddie MacKenzie.
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Old 10th August 2009, 22:28
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Roddie :

Not sure what you mean - think you may be assuming, incorrectly, that the listing I put together for Sean Dixon refers to my personal seagoing career? I wish! It refers to a late friend of mine from same Island. Does that clarify or am I missing something?

Angus.
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Old 10th August 2009, 22:42
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Can you tell me more about your late friend Angus as I would like to include his mention in my search

Appreciate all that you have told me so far and gratitude for taking your time to reply.

Sean
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Old 11th August 2009, 00:16
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Okay, Sean, I will put something together and send it separately under a PM.

Angus.
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Old 11th August 2009, 10:51
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Thanks Angus
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Old 11th August 2009, 15:08
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I have prepared what you asked me for. Too voluminous for PM method, if you could PM me a mailing address to reach you I will pop it into an envelope and get it off to you by return.

Angus.
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Old 11th August 2009, 22:19
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Roddie :

Not sure what you mean - think you may be assuming, incorrectly, that the listing I put together for Sean Dixon refers to my personal seagoing career? I wish! It refers to a late friend of mine from same Island. Does that clarify or am I missing something?

Angus.

Angus,

My mistake, all clear now, apologies.

Roddie.
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Old 18th May 2013, 23:30
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Esso Cambria

Fao: Sean Dixon

Hello I served on this ship with John McCloud in 1969/1970. Please feel free to email if you would like any more information.

Anyone who served on this vessel you can also get in touch.

[email protected]
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