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Built by Hawthorn Leslie in 1966. The gas was contained in pressure tanks made from special "Artic D" plates. Very tricky stuff to weld.
Scrapped 1986. A good life for an experimental design.

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Gas Tankers

Kev, you seem to be the forums resident gas tanker expert or at least a gas tanker buff. Would you like to tell us which before we make fools of ourselves.

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Hi Fred

Not an expert. I spent most of my Deck Cadetship on gas tankers in the late 70's / early 80's. I certainly have some good memories, hence my interest.

Arctic D made me smile. Its 20 odd years since I heard of it. Quite amazing stuff.

Never sailed on the Maxwell though. Was she a pressure ship? The Lord Kelvin / Faraday and Cavendish carried the gas at atmospheric pressure, which was constantly pumped through compressors which "fridged" the stuff, keeping the gas liquid. The compressor room can be seen just forward of the superstructure in the photo of the Maxwell. The Joule and the Humboldt were pressure ships but I am not too sure about the Maxwell? In pressure ships you quite often see the cargo tanks standing proud of the deck, not so in the Maxwell.

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Hallo Kev.
The Hawthorn Leslie gas ships were all to the same basic design. Clark Maxwell was not a pressure ship, she carried gas in the same way as Faraday.

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Hi Fred

I have just read that the Maxwell was also the first LPG tanker to be built in the UK. Do you have any more info on other H. Leslie gas tankers, names etc?

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Hawthorn Leslie Gas Tankers

Hi Kev

Prior to the formation of Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders (SHATS) on 1 January 1968, we built the following: -

Ship 759: Clark Maxwell; Houlder Bros; 8,298 grt; 1966.
Ship 763: Mariano Escabedo; PEMEX; 7,992 grt; 1967.
Ship 764: Petroquimico 1; PEMEX; 1,827 grt barge; 1966.
Ship 766: Wiltshire; Bibby; 10,036 grt; 1968.

Wiltshire was a Hawthorn Leslie contract, completed as agents by SHATS.

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Thanks Fred

I have to say that I am amazed at the info that is shared on this site. Thanks again.

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Mr James Clerk-Maxwell was an interesting person, a Scot, which name tended to upset the French elements of Gaz Ocean - his biography is here

I doubt that he would have ever imagined his name being used for an atmospheric Gas Tanker. I never sailed on her, but the reference to "Artic D" brought back a few happy memories of dropping the odd cubic metre of propane at -32 on to the steel that was only at -2 to "cool it down"...Not a good idea but sadly a necessity, when the re-liquifaction plant was as useless as it was on the "Joule".

NB. I think there might have been two Joules.. The first was probably the small pressure ship, like the (excellent) Humboldt and the later one was an atmospheric ship -the ex HAVGAS - and frankly she was wholly incapable of keeping the cargo contained and was a liability to all. She had to dubious honour of not only leaking salt water into the containment space, but also leaking gas out of the cargo lines on deck.
 

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Your eyes did not half water in the compressor room when carrying liquid ammonia!!!!!

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kev said:
Your eyes did not half water in the compressor room when carrying liquid ammonia!!!!!

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Absolutely Kev, but at least one never suffered from a cold.

Tonga


ps. Any chance someone who has the right access to these things, can correct the spelling on the thread name please?
 

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Absolutely Kev, but at least one never suffered from a cold.

Tonga


ps. Any chance someone who has the right access to these things, can correct the spelling on the thread name please?
Ahoy,
Done......name is changed.
 

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Good try Ruud, but maybe only an Administrator or the Thread Starter (Kev) can edit the Thread Title.

Either way, it would be nice to see it changed. Its name is CLERK-MAXWELL and reasonably unique in having a hyphenated name
 

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Tonga said:
Absolutely Kev, but at least one never suffered from a cold.

Tonga


ps. Any chance someone who has the right access to these things, can correct the spelling on the thread name please?
Thanks Derek, well done.
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Thought some of you may want to share an old C-M hand's memories.

I joined the C-M in March 74 in a grotty little port in Mexico called Minatitlan after a nightmare trip on numerous planes from the UK. I wasn't too fussed about joining a "gassie" but I was under a Company contract so had to go wherever etc.

Saw many interesting ports & some you could never call ports from Galveston to Santos. We covered many many miles on that ship with a brilliant crew. Down side was gas freeing but we soon got used to that. Could not get used to not being able to smoke anywhere, as a 40 a day man it was agony!

Left the ship in somewhat unusual circs at Curacao after being carted off ashore to the local hospital with what turned out to be a form of gas poisoning. Stayed in the hopsital for 10 days, bloody nurses/doctors couldn't or wouldn't speak any English before local Brit Consulate eventually managed to put in an appearance. Flew home via USA, but landed in NY on Independence day. Bad move, all movement at airport non-existent and had a hell of a job getting on a connecting BOAC flight back to London. An absolute pain at the time, but good fun thinking about it afterwards. The C-M was my last deep-sea ship so she holds a rather special place in my sea dog heart.
 

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Memories of Clerk-Maxwell

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Fred

I have just posted what I think is a great photo of the Maxwell in the gallery.

Just press this link:

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7886

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Kev, your right that is a great picture of the old C-M. I sailed on her around the early 70's, I have spent many a 'happy' hour in that compressor room, stripping down the goddam compressors. One trip we did down to BA lost 200 tonnes of cargo because the compressors threw their collective hand in...venting most of the way down. It was hell! but what a brilliant time we had overall on that ship. I haven't thought about her for a few years now but I will try and dredge up some names to share.

The mate was Mick...? My deck cadet buddy was Alan Barnes (Barney), Captain was...Pugh (I Think), sec was...can't recall, but good bloke anyway...as were all!

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MIck,

I'd forgotten about Minititlan...and the same runs you were on. I left the Maxwell just before you joined ie Jan 74. Can you recall who was Captain and Chief Officer?

regards
Derek
 
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