Finding two BP tankers tied up at Newcastle Quay on the morning of 10 March 1973 was never going to mean good news for the vessels which were in the course of disposal. The 1955 British Officer is seen with the 1951 British Seafarer behind.
I was very fond of these well proportioned unflashy...
22.8.1922 Launched by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Company Ltd, Newcastle (Yard No 934) for the British Tanker Co Ltd. 11.1922, Completed. 1.12.1940 Whilst on a voyage from Sheerness to . Tyne, exploded a mine at a position 1/2 mile east of north pier of the R. Tyne, and was beached to...
26.10.1954 Launched by W. Hamilton &amp; Co Ltd, Port Glasgow (Yard No 500). 1.1955 Completed. 29.3.1973. Arrived at Villanueva y Geltru Spain, for demolition. Resold and 13.5.1973 Arrived at Castellon for demolition.
Top of 6 cylinder opposed piston B and W engine fitted to British Officer.
Apologies for the poor quality and also for the fact that I cannot remember whether the photo is looking for'd or aft. I'm sure someone will come up with the answer.
British Officer, rolling heavily at times, homeward bound across the Bay - late November 1965. I've just noticed that there are no watertight doors on the foc'sle entrances, just boards and the starboard side ones seem a bit sparse.
Built by W Hamilton 1955 I think, another BP 16. With the derrick up and the accommodation ladder out I can only think she is approaching Suez for a canal transit sometime during the latter half of 1965. 2nd trip Apprentice on this one, not responsible for the paint job on the main deck though!!