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Esso Petroleum’s ESSO YORK inward bound at Tilbury on the 20th September 1969.
Built 1955 and 17570 tons gross.
 

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Nothing since 2004. I have just registered.

My father, Owen Weetman was one of the Chief Engineers in the 1970's. He oversaw the drydocking of the ship's transormation to a lightening vessel. I recall it being the first in the fleet.

The York was then used in the NW European area.

My father died on board in 1977 in Antwerp aged 42. Second at the time was Bob Joblin and I recall Ernest Baird was the Electrician. Dave Gardner had been second relieving chief for a number of years. My father used to refer to the Old Man as "Z Victor One"
 

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Hi Chaps,
I did my second trip to sea on the York in 1978, That was the time where she was involved with the Cristos Bitas incident. I remember Ernie Baird and Bob Joblin, when I was on her, Bruce Gudge 'sludge' was the second engineer and 'Bob job' was Junior second.
 

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Bob Joblin

My mother received the sad news last week that Bob died 14th July 2007 aged 76. He had contracted asbestosis and was ill for a short period prior to his death. Bob was a great friend to my father.
 

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Hi Kevan,
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing away. The one thing i remember about Bob he was a friendly bloke, I was traineer mechanic at the time and my second trip to sea. He was, what I would refer to as the "old school" of engineers, Did he ever keep in touch with Bruce "Sludge" the second engineer?
 

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Kevin.
I was on the Esso York on two ocassions in 1974 , your dad was C/E at the time or part of the time I was there. The Old man was Donovan he lived in Salisbury I think, the mate was Vic Humble the sparkie was from the North East had been on there for years, chief steward Millie Webb from Southend. I cannot remember many other names, perhaps they will come to me just after I finish this post, that usually happens.
Did hear that your dad died onboard (sadly) I seem to remember it was during boat drill, I maybe wrong with that statement, but it seems to ring a bell with me.
 

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Kevin.
I was on the Esso York on two ocassions in 1974 , your dad was C/E at the time or part of the time I was there. The Old man was Donovan he lived in Salisbury I think, the mate was Vic Humble the sparkie was from the North East had been on there for years, chief steward Millie Webb from Southend. I cannot remember many other names, perhaps they will come to me just after I finish this post, that usually happens.
Did hear that your dad died onboard (sadly) I seem to remember it was during boat drill, I maybe wrong with that statement, but it seems to ring a bell with me.
Bob Joblin came home and told us that my dad had died after starting a lifeboat engine. So I think your memory serves you well. Nice to hear from you, thanks for the post.
 

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I sailed loads of times in Esso York - 2nd Officer and Chief Officer - My next to favourite ship! I truly admiored Captain Vic Donovan who taught me a lot. Had the pleasure of crossing paths with Owie Weetman very many times, plus Bob Joblin (Bob'a'Job) and Ernie Baird (His last ship was Esso Severn when I was Master there).
Very sorry to hear of Bob's demise - You're right - he was a ncie man and a good engineer.
 

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I as reseaching somethng on Esso and found the entires on Esso York
My father was Pip Webb the Chief Steward/Purser on the Esso York that you refer about. He's now 83 physically he fairly fit but his mind has completely gone and is looked after during the day by my mother.
He worked for Esso for a great number of years and was on several of the ships but I know from what he has said that the York and Glasgow were the happiest of times he had whilst at sea.
I wil ask my mother if she remembers any other members of staff.
Best wishes
 

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A little bit of humour concerning the York.......

As you all know, she was many years on the coast, and all onboard were very used to daily papers, Corrie at 7.30 three times a week, etc etc., and no desire to change that.

The York appeared alongside in Fawley one day (82 perhaps) and I chanced upon Esso's Agency Manager, Len Belcher, just as he walked away from her gangway. He looked a little stressed, and told me he might need to hire a bus, as 22 crew members had asked to see a doctor!! I enquired if there was an epidemic on board - only for him to reply "Oh no - but they've just got orders for Las Palmas".........
 

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I also sailed on the Esso York with Wheetman c/eng,bob a job and Bruce Gudge did 12 hour nights cleaning the boilers and a few beers after, in 1975 I had to Greewich Seamans Hospital for knee operation and Bob a Job was in recovering from a similar operation. att picture Esso York lightering Esso Scotia
 

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reading the esso york thread.i noticed the cristos bitas was mentioned.could that be the tanker that ran aground off the irish coast and the esso york ,made a few trips ,lightening her.
 

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Hi Trucker,

Yes that is true, If my memory serves me well it was October 1978, I was a PO Mechanic onboard at the time. We did slavage a small amout of cargo, and we all received salvage money.
The British Dragoon went alongside after we had finished, and salvaged more cargo than the Good old Esso York!

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Trevor
 

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A cousin, Billy McCormick, saild on the Esso York, He joined her at North Shields as 2nd Mate on 9th January 1964 and left her Baltimore, Maryland, on 16th June 1964. He joined Esso as JOS at 16 years of age in 1951, rose through the ranks from there, attaining his Master F.G. in 1963. Came ashore in 1968 to take up appointment as Marine Superintendent. Last ship was Esso Durham, his second period of service on this vessel as Mate. The old 'York' went to Bombay for breaking in 1981. Well retired now.

Do any Esso men remember Hector Mac Lellan, who also originated from the Western Isles like Billy, and who also worked his way up from deck to Master on Esso ships before taking shore employment in 1977? In his final days with Esso, Hector sailed Master on the new breed of large VLCCs, e.g. Cambria, Northumbria, Scotia, Ulidia.
 

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Hi Trucker

trevor, did you have a brother ,jimmy george,a/b promoted c.p.o. .hope you don,t mind me asking.

Of course I don't mind! Jimmy was not my brother, but we did meet up, I think on the Cardiff. We had a laugh about having the same surname, as people seemed to think we was related. I recall he was a Geordie lad?

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same surname

thanks for clearing that up,trevor.as i am sure [although its a few year a go now ]most lads i sailed with thought you and jimmy were related.(Thumb)
 

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Your shipmates

thanks for clearing that up,trevor.as i am sure [although its a few year a go now ]most lads i sailed with thought you and jimmy were related.(Thumb)
Hi Trucker,
Who were the lads you served with? As I was down the engine room, I remember some deck chaps on deck but I cant think of their names. So how about the middle ground? Pumpmen! Do you remember Alan Hicks? a small bloke the same height as me 5 feet b****r all! He was a laugh, I sailed with Allan on the Hernia and Cardiff.
Do you remember a PO Mech called Keith Jolley? We got in touch by a work connection 3 years ago, long after I left Esso, In September I went to see him in France where he now lives. Keep it coming,

Did you ever sail with me?

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