Bruce,Hi Fred from NZ ! I've had good results from :-www.photoship.co.uk. Lets know how that one suits, by PM. At the moment I'm trying to get info. regarding the hull colours of BP Tanks, circa 1960 to 1970. I seem to remember :- Green decks, Grey hulls with Green boot-topping....any info. you can let me have appreciated.Regards Bruce Graham
Regarding hull & deck colours 1960 - 1970. From 1960 - 63 the hull was dark grey with red boot topping & the deck was a light maroon colour as seen here:
From 1963 - 1968, whilst the hull remained the same colour, the decks & many vertical sevices were painted in a light grey, a truly awful colour scheme in my opinion, see here:
I believe it was from 1968 that the decks became green & the hulls turned black but I could be wrong. Certainly, it was decided that the funnels would lose their stripes & become all red with a black top & the BP shield inserted on a white square.
Personally, I still feel that the colour scheme of the 50s & early 60s was the best.
Your Icon thumbnail looks very like a cropped version of the photo from the dust jacket of our book on BP Tankers.
I hope you found it useful and informative.
Guilty as charged!
I have only just realised who you are.
I think the book is a fantastic work of reference & must have involved an immense amout of work. Am I right in saying that you had no help from BP in producing this work? If so, then it is an even more remarkable achievement. I don't think a day goes by, if I am on this site & a query comes up about BP, that I don't pull your tome out for reference.
I do have Norman Middlemiss' 3 editions of The British Tankers to which I also refer &, with respect, have better quality photos (especially the 2nd & 3rd editions) but of course you have gone for quantity & there are very few illustrations of BP's vessels missing in your book.
I hope you don't mind my using the cropped BP funnel from your dust jacket as my "Avatar." It has now been copied by 3 or 4 other contributers, I notice.
As you have now joined the site, Bill, perhaps you can take over the task of counting stanchions (LOL) when it comes to vessel recognition, certainly over the next few weeks as I am in the throes of moving house down to the West Country. Your input to this site, certainly as far as BP tanker men are concerned will be invaluable.
Trucker,no just the red duster,like the rest of the fleet.
yes we must have sailed together.remember chief mate[mr duncan].,and his wife.great mate,genuinely good sailing with him as mate.his wife used to keep him(Thumb) in line.used to look foreward to tank cleaning on the kiwi.?as after wards mate used to give good measure of tank cleaning rum.Trucker
Small world because I must have sailed with you on the Kiwi. I joined her in the Tyne on March 14th 1969 and paid off at Aden on 27th July 1969 whilst she was loading for NZ. Captains were Waller and Willis, Chief Mate was S. Duncan who had his wife with him. I was a first trip uncert 3rd Mate.
Bill Christieanother request,any one out there remember a scottish engineer with b.p. who used to play the bagpipes.at the time i was on the british security [definately 1972].he used to play us in and out of port,standing on the monkey island. 2/e.this is no wind up.(Thumb)
Half true. She was in Aarhus or Aalborg? and was having a quick paint job of the rust patches before returning to I.O.G. One clown attempted to paint over the starboard bow name and change it to 'Workhouse' as the myth has been passed on down the years.years ago i remember the rumour going around was ,the lads on the british workman were painting in her name.some lads with a sense of humour changed her name on the a--e end to the british workhouse. fact or fiction.?
Sailed on Beacon july 1960 December 1960, and her sister ship British Signal 1961There was another oil loading terminal called Khor al Amaya. Does anyone remember that? Just an offshore platform in Iraqi teritory I think. It was in the latest Gulf War reports. We loaded there on the Beacon in Jan 67 for Durban.
The Signal is listed leaving drydock between Feb/March 1961, I have the relevant page, were you on her then? Incidentally she is on the list next to the Queen( ref our other thread regarding the Queen)Sailed on Beacon july 1960 December 1960, and her sister ship British Signal 1961