I understand that our friend meechingman's father was once captain of this 1931 Dutch built coastal tanker. So Andy, enjoy!
This photo was probably taken during the sea trials. In the background the STATENDAM of 1929.
Reckon this was taken around 1984 en route to Ipswich.
The guy on the left playing the air guitar is 3rd Eng Paul Burrell, in the 'white' boiler-suit is the 2nd Eng (name?) and I am standing wearing the 'AZAB 83' t-shirt.
Looks like we are sampling a drop of my homebrew!!
Owned by Christopher Rowbotham, the smart Tillerman has just received attention from Tyne Dock Engineering Co at South Shields 15 September 1973. Built in 1963 she was 807 gr tons. Later in life she would receive a string of very exotic names.
Approaching Loch Kishorn, off Loch Karron, whilst on charter to BP. The Kishorn Yard was a fabrication yard for oil platforms at Loch Kishorn and we delivered marked Gas Oil to them for machinery use.
Skipper=Rusty Buchan, Mate=Kenny Plummer
The Tillerman discharging at the BP jetty,Yelland jetty in North Devon, next to the power station. This is now a housing estate though the jetty remains in parts!
Skipper=Alan Everett, Mate=Colin Farmer
Taking pride of place on my patio is the ships bell.
Given to me by the new Greek owners of the vessel in Leith docks on Jan 24th 1986.....I carried the thing home with me, on the train, all the way back to Torbay.
Didn't half get some funny looks on the way!!
The Tillerman called into...
Taken in October 1980, the Tillerman lies alongside the jetty in Caernarfon on a Texaco charter from Pembroke.
Brought in on the top of the tide by local pilot John Jones, discharge was carried out on the falling tide and usually completed as the waters drained away....leaving a few hours for...