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Hi,

In the search for further info, tales, stories, experiences, recollections, memories, anecdotes etc (see thread - Major project, I need your help), are there any ex / current BP seafarers who got involved with the Falklands War.?

If so, I'd love to hear anything you can tell me about what it was like etc (Scribe) .

Please feel free to send private e-mails if you prefer.

Many thanks,

Rushie. (Scribe)
 

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Hello,

Just joined this site, but I may have some information for you. I was second engineer on board British Wye at the time and was given a small booklet afterwards by BP. I also took some photos

Never writen about it yet, and as far as I know , nobody else has who was involved, from a BP ship.

Keith Perriman
 

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...hi, Keith! Nice to see you around again after all these years!! I think we were together on the Destiny or Valour around '69 or '71? I was 3/M-2/M.
 

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Welcome

A warm welcome Kieth. I hope you enjoy the site and will join in the debates. Your photographs will be greatly valued.

Fred (Thumb)
 

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Uploaded Photos

I have uploaded some photos to the gallery. These are only some of those I took that trip. For me it started in Singapore, then via Hong Kong (sea valve repairs, steel blank, see Br Dragoon) to Shanghai to load full cargo of leaded gasoline. Sailing great circle route we went through the biggest seas I have ever seen, wave crests at same level with bridge both port and stbd. Discharge in San Francisco, and in ballast to Panama canal. After transit from Balboa we anchored in Cristobal bay from where we were STUFT! Sailed across the Atlantic at full speed (economic slow steaming before then) to Portsmouth. The RAS gear was fitted there which came as a suprise to us all that drawings and gear were in storage since the ships were built (River class). From there we sailed to Devonport where we loaded 4 grades of oil, and deck cargo of lub oil drums. A superintendant from BP came down there to confirm that we were all volunteers. As we all were it was not pleasant for him to then tell us that redundancies were in the offing! As soon as loading was completed we sailed alone to Ascension, and then South to Battle. These are only the bare bones, I could expand somewhat if anyone wants?
 

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off***dum sanddancer said:
As soon as loading was completed we sailed alone to Ascension, and then South to Battle. These are only the bare bones, I could expand somewhat if anyone wants?
Yes please Off***dum. I for one would be very interested.
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John F
 

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Keith,
Do you remember a Scottish engineer (think he was 3rd or 4th) on the Wye at the time of the Falklands by the name of Haxton?
Now Chief on the St Helena and resident in Penzance.
 

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Jim,

Yes, RR Haxton (Roger?) was third on the Wye at the time.

Crew list that trip was

Master DM Rundle
Mate AG Bagley
2Mate PP Akers
3Mate JJ Moloney
RO DW Cooper
CE K Gray
2E KG Perriman
3E RR Haxton
4E DP Rowland
JE RC Dunne
JE AC Lang
Elec A Waugh
Cat O R Morrison
C Cook JB Smith
2Cook RP Stewart
2S GW Rooney
AS D Hayes
AS SE Hill
AS S Proud
CPO AM Smith
PO MR Wenn
S1 T Butler
S1 JA Eccles
S1 GM Lochery
S2 CD Bannister
S2 AP Dowdeswell
S2 TJ Stridiron
S3 BF Blaney
S3 SC Gilfillan
S3 TG Goddard
S3 ME Lappin

Keith
 

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I was There

Hi Rushie,

Ive just joined the site and thought i would send you a reply.

I sailed with the second task force in 82 I was on the BP ship British Tamar carrying helicopter fuel.We rassed the Rfa ship Pearleaf and the HMS Intrepid.
We were anchored off the Acensions with the ss Uganda and others.

tell more at later date

Dave
 

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BP Operation Corporate booklet

I have a 30 page A4 booklet given to all South Atlantic participants, the front cover of which I attach. I will scan it all and post it if I anyone interested? Also what place best to post, and what best size?. Front cover only is colour. (Will also get back to war memoirs when writers block has eased.) Have updated my profile also.
 

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When I joined the Wye in 84ish I noticed that the SatNav was not the Magnavox original I had helped install a couple of years previously. Permanent staff told me that prior to the Falklands convoy sailing, vessel went to Devonport for installation of RAS gear and while there the SatNav was comandeered by the RN, for use on a warship which didn't have one. Did any other stuff get similarly "borrowed".
 

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Not as far as I remember, as very few RN and RFA had sat nav, I seem to remember. Grey Funnel line at that time had more sat com as communications were more important to them, and 'Navigation' has always been more important to MN. Ships used to sidle up to us in TRALA to have a chat, and casually drop into the conversation that 'could they check their position' with us. Did not leave the Wye until May 1984 though, so may have sailed with you.
 

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Keith,

In your crew list there is a catagory S1, S2 and S3 I presume that the S means Seaman, but what are the numbers?

Cheers Frank
 

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Frank,

Yes, seaman 1, 2 and 3, even though it was GP crew and worked wherever the Mate and myself agreed. This had an equivalent to the old edh, etc, but I am not the one to tell you that, try a mate.
 

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BP Operation Corporate booklet

As no advice available as yet, I will post the first 3 pages as attachments to this message, and see how it goes. Please give feedback if any changes are required. Page 2 has only an explanation of the front cover. As there is no copyright statement anywhere in the book, I take it as in the public domain.

Keith
 

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