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This will also be a good one I/m sure.Good that they seem to have a fairly large fleet again and keeping the old names and near original Anglo-Iranian (?) colours.
 

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Thanks Steve, 'twas I. So let me start the ball rollin' with my BP 'CV' !

Navigating App on British Osprey 1967
---------"------------- on British Patrol 1967-68
---------"------------- on British Venture 1968
---------"------------- on British Hero 1969

3/O on British Destiny 1969-70
3/O on British Willow 1970-71
3/O on British Beacon 1971

2/O on British Valour 1972
2/O on British Fulmar 1972-73
2/O on British Hawthorn 1973-74
2/O on British Argosy 1975

N.B for all you ex-Eng.Apps/Offs. out there you might like to visit Graham Wallace's site at:
http://members.allstream.net/~wallaceg/

Over to you, lads.
 

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BP Tankers

For the record:
Nav.App. British Glory 1959
Nav.App. British Beacon 1959-1960
Nav.App. British Birch 1960-1961
Nav.App. British Patriot 1961-1962
Nav.App. British Queen 1962
3/0 British Gannet 1962
3/0 Clyde Guardian 1962-1963
3/0 British Renown 1963
3/0 British Trust 1964

Considering that BP had 120+ vessels during this period it is somewhat of a coincidence that 4 fairly active members of this site (Paul0510, Gadgee, Dave Edge & myself) all seem to have served time on the Beacon. In my few years with the Company, I never sailed with the same person on another ship.

John_F
 

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What happened to the British Cavalier a diguised cargo ship
We returned to South Shields for it to convertedto look like a tanker but heard no more of her that was in 1947 a life time ago
 

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What about Scottish BP, The Lowland Tanker Co. Ltd.?
Border Fusilier 1968
Border Lass 1968-1969
Border Laird 1971
Ok Ok I'll get off the thread
 

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akbruton said:
What happened to the British Cavalier a diguised cargo ship
We returned to South Shields for it to convertedto look like a tanker but heard no more of her that was in 1947 a life time ago
The British Cavalier was originally built for the Ministry of War Transport by J.Laing & Sons, Sunderland, in 1942 & named the Empire Cavalier. After the war, she was purchased by BP in October 1945 & renamed British Cavalier. She served another 14 years with them before going to Briton Ferry in May 1959 for razor blades.
Regards,
John
 

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What about Scottish BP, The Lowland Tanker Co. Ltd.?
Border Fusilier 1968
Border Lass 1968-1969
Border Laird 1971
Ok Ok I'll get off the thread
Jeff,
I always used to think that Lowland were ahead of the parent Company in terms of ship design. For example, I think they had vessels with 'all aft' accommodation a couple of years before BP did. I remember visiting one of these 'all aft' vessels in Grain, can't remember which one but it was about 19,000 dwt I think in 60/61. The view from the bridge was very impressive to someone who was used to the bridge being amidships.
Kind regards,
John.
 

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The three I served on were all bridge amidships and known as Old Border boats, the bridge aft ships new Borders boats, many of which have been posted here including Border Chieftain recently.
 

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Thanks John I was on the Cavalier as Empire and later British,Perhaps I have shaved with it since. Still looking for a photo to satisfy my grandsons Regards Alan
 

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All you old BP men should get a hold of "THE BRITISH TANKERS" by Norman Middlemiss. It will bring all the nostalgia to the fore, the photos are really great. There is a photo of the British Cavalier with dummy funnel.
 

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baileysan said:
All you old BP men should get a hold of "THE BRITISH TANKERS" by Norman Middlemiss. It will bring all the nostalgia to the fore, the photos are really great. There is a photo of the British Cavalier with dummy funnel.
Third edition published this year to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Company with all new pictures (including the Cavalier with dummy funnel).
 

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paul0510 said:
Thanks Steve, 'twas I. So let me start the ball rollin' with my BP 'CV' !

Navigating App on British Osprey 1967
---------"------------- on British Patrol 1967-68
---------"------------- on British Venture 1968
---------"------------- on British Hero 1969

3/O on British Destiny 1969-70
3/O on British Willow 1970-71
3/O on British Beacon 1971

2/O on British Valour 1972
2/O on British Fulmar 1972-73
2/O on British Hawthorn 1973-74
2/O on British Argosy 1975

N.B for all you ex-Eng.Apps/Offs. out there you might like to visit Graham Wallace's site at:
http://members.allstream.net/~wallaceg/

Over to you, lads.
Hello Paul, Graham has been collecting ALL crew members names and dates on Bp ships from Deck/Pantry boys up. Ken.
 

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G'day shipmates....
Have any of the many blokes who are part of this site seen/been on/know of/have a photo or have any info regarding the ss "British Scout"....
I was the sparks for 6 months Jan-Jun 1956 and I never ever got round to taking her picture... she was built in 1922 and a ***** of a ship... no running water (except when the cabin steward ran along the flying bridge with it from down aft. The radio gear was just one step ahead of the Titanic but somehow I enjoyed my brief stay.
Any info would be welcomed.... cheers Cynter
 

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Just received the Jan issue of SHIPPING TODAY AND YESTERDAY from Europe
they have a book for sale called BP Tankers A group fleet history, it contains over 500 BW photos cost £40 from Ships in Focus
I was on the BR Earl when towed to Europe from the Indian Ocean in 1950,do not know if it was the longest tow in company history,also on one of their two ships which were fitted with a towing winch the BR Baron, which was also the ship that towed us on the latter part of tow back to Europe,the Aden/Hamble leg the first 38/40 days were by the Br Fame,or Br Faith [I must be having one of those senior moments as you guys quote] not too sure The first part was 10 days steaming bound for Mombasa when the main crankshaft went,then 38/40 days round the Indian Ocean prior to Aden.Also on the Red Bank,El Morro,and BR Crown The masters were J.Atfield,J.Smythe,K.Williams.J.Stockman. in the same order as above
 

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Captain J.(T) Smythe.

Hi Salty,
I had one 3 week trip with Captain J.T.Smythe in 1962. By that time, he was a Senior Post Master & was serving aboard the British Queen. I was Senior Apprentice & we did one trip, Finnart - Tripoli - Finnart. I cannot really remember too much about him.
I can remember reading about your epic tow in back copies of the BP Apprentices' Newsletter & I believe that at that time it was the longest tow, certainly in the Company's history, if not the British Merchant Navy. I seem to remember that there was another towing incident in the very early 50s involving the Duke & the Princess. Lots of sarcastic comments in the press (nudge, nudge, wink, wink - the Duke of Edinburgh & Princess Elizabeth - "The Princess with the Duke in tow" - or was it the other way round?)
Kind regards,
John F
 
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