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I think they were 4 sisters LONDON LION -WINDSOR LION-TYNE PRIDE-EVERRET F. WELLS . WINDSOR LION i think was scrapped end 80s as STATE.
 

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Went to see LONDON LION/S launch but it was postponed because of fog!! Did not see her after that.
 

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Launch delay

Hi - I also went to the launch, which was delayed by a strike not fog. As guests, we were shown around the ship on the slip before the Lady Sponsor named her. The management company (Maritime Overseas then part of the Overseas Shipholder Group (OSG)) had at that time my father as MD. I think I am correct in saying that the London and Windsor Lion's were the largest (DWT) ships launched in UK waters - may be wrong, but seem to to remember that. I do know that there were long running legal issues post the launch. I also recall that Sir John Hunter was present at either this naming or the launch of the London Lion, which I also attended. Windsor Lion was named on the 23rd May 1974 at 5.20pm, by Mrs Paul Dixey JP
 

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I think they were 4 sisters LONDON LION -WINDSOR LION-TYNE PRIDE-EVERRET F. WELLS . WINDSOR LION i think was scrapped end 80s as STATE.
Memory is a bit rusty but I think the order we built them wasEsso northumbria, Esso Hibernia,World unicorn,London Lion,Windsor lion,Tyne pride (biggest one ) and Everret f Wells,then Swans/ Maritime fruit carriers ended when the supertanker boom ended.From memory the idea was to build a series of tankers with work in hand until early 1990,sadly never worked out.
 

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My First VLCC sea Trial

The Everret F Wells was my first vlcc -- I together with another Tyne Pilot, George Ayre who was Swans choice/yard pilot for there new building ,and a North Sea pilot , sailed the vessel on trails from the Tyne .
We opened articles George was the Master the North Sea pilot and myself were the watchkeepers .
The ship stayed in local waters for 14 days while the Turbine was gradually run up to fulll power -- not a lot of fun trying to stay out of everythings way while doing 3 kts.for a couple of days.
When they were happy with the engines the full power measured mile work was done in the Oslo Fjord on a Hi fix Decca system .
After the trails we Dry Docked the ship in Hamburg then took her down to Cuxhaven to hand her over to the New Owners.
We were aboard all told about 21 days.
I made sure I got the voyage entered in my discharge book - The biggest ship I've ever had control of.
Dave
 

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The Everret F Wells was my first vlcc -- I together with another Tyne Pilot, George Ayre who was Swans choice/yard pilot for there new building ,and a North Sea pilot , sailed the vessel on trails from the Tyne .
We opened articles George was the Master the North Sea pilot and myself were the watchkeepers .
The ship stayed in local waters for 14 days while the Turbine was gradually run up to fulll power -- not a lot of fun trying to stay out of everythings way while doing 3 kts.for a couple of days.
When they were happy with the engines the full power measured mile work was done in the Oslo Fjord on a Hi fix Decca system .
After the trails we Dry Docked the ship in Hamburg then took her down to Cuxhaven to hand her over to the New Owners.
We were aboard all told about 21 days.
I made sure I got the voyage entered in my discharge book - The biggest ship I've ever had control of.
Dave
I was under the impression that they all dry docked in Lisbon after trials.Probably what has happenned is my mate ,a fitter ,went on trials with one and docked in Lisbon and I have taken it that they all docked there.From memory on the bridge there was a plaque near the helm saying 'Beware there is 1150 feet of ship in front of you',memory could be playing tricks,long time ago.
 

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Heard from one of the old men in Souters when I was there that during the testing of one of the derricks on the windsor or London lion that the derrick and Samson post fell over due to being not fully welded to the deck!!! Not sure if this is true or one of them stories that changes as the years go by??
 

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My husband took some great photographs of the Windsor Lion when he was a photography student in 1974.He framed and sold a few a couple of years ago at the Wallsend Festival and Tynemouth Station and many people stopped to tell us their stories of working on the ships at that time.
 

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Oh the memories.
I joined the Windsor Lion as she flagged out and became the Meridian Sky. Under the command of Captain Ray Nelson I spent 4 enjoyable months on board as the Radio Electronics Officer. During this time the officers and crew also fitted the Scientific Atlanta satellite communications system, heralding the end for us morse key jockeys. Mind you, as the lecky I was never idle.
By the way, Ray Nelson had us all running around the deck, morning and evening, followed by deck quiotes and several beverages in after the evening session.
Great fun.

Peter Lugg
 

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Peter, on your first posting, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community; enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings in due course. Bon Voyage
 

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Welcome to the crew, Peter.
You seem to have joined MimCo as I left.
Hope you've found the radio room aboard this ship.
Join in and enjoy the trip.
 

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Tyne VLCC`s

Was one of seven VLCCS - ESSO Northumbria/ESSO Hibernia/Texico Great Britain/World Unicorn/Windsor Lion/Tyne Pride & Everett F Wells
 

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Sri Lankan Tankers

Sorry to be an interloper! Am trying to find out about tankers owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation of Sri Lanka. Seems to operate routes to Colombi from Iran, UAE, Kuwait and others in the Gulf. It may be that the tankers they use are owned by the Government in general, but just keen to know if they own them directly. I thought I would be easy but it appears not so far, although local contacts in Colombo have given their opinion that the company do own some - I just can't find them! Any views greatly appreciated
 

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To Heather a warm, if belated, welcome to Ships Nostalgia, it's good to have you onboard.
Duzza, it's also good to have you as a member.
Peter and Chis, I have a good memory, but it's short, and if I have not yet welcomed you to our forum, I do it now--thanks for joining(Thumb)

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Seen a few lists of the supertankers built. There were definitely 8, and I believe in this launch order: Esso Northumbria, Esso Hibernia, Texaco Great Britain, London Lion, World Unicorn, Windsor Lion, Tyne Pride and Everrett F Wells.
 

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Memory is a bit rusty but I think the order we built them wasEsso northumbria, Esso Hibernia,World unicorn,London Lion,Windsor lion,Tyne pride (biggest one ) and Everret f Wells,then Swans/ Maritime fruit carriers ended when the supertanker boom ended.From memory the idea was to build a series of tankers with work in hand until early 1990,sadly never worked out.
Which one was "re named" on the slip (SS P**S POT) while on the slip, after Newcastle United were beaten by Hereford.
 
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