BP days RGH

In 1976 BP Tanker Comapny laid up just about all of their 'Bird Class' product tankers. These notor tankers of 16000 tonnes deadweight had a single ring main and steam reciprocation pumps. Gently, easy, popular. They were a loss to us BP wallahs at the time. Cormant and Swift pictured, allat sea was a first trip 3rd Mate at the time on Cormorant. Happy days.

In 1976 BP Tanker Company laid up just about all of their ‘Bird Class’ product tankers at Barry Island in South Wales. These motor tankers of 16000 tonnes deadweight had a single ring main and steam reciprocating pumps. Gentle, easy and ┬ápopular, they were a loss to us BP wallahs at the time. Cormorant and Swift pictured, allat sea was a first trip 3rd Mate on Cormorant at the time. The Swift was the ‘mother’ ship, we moved onto her after couple of weeks in Barry. Happy days indeed.

Another view of the lovely British Cormorant

Another view of the lovely British Cormorant.

British Renown. Allatsea's last vessel as a cadet. A VLCC of 280,000 tonnes deadweight. Death ship, three deaths in #4 centre tank. Allatsea and John Zwart survived. Scarred. BP have NEVER said sorry.

British Renown. Allatsea’s last vessel as a cadet. A VLCC of 280,000 tonnes deadweight. A death ship, three deaths in #4 centre tank in March 1975. Allatsea and John Zwart survived. Scarred. BP have NEVER said sorry.

 

Under construction at Harland and Wolf Belfast (tbc). At 50,000 tonnes deadweight, she was the largest of her kind when delivered in the early 1960's. Allatsea was there in 1974, an appalling piece of crap with bullying Master and Mate.

British Queen under construction at Harland and Wolff Belfast (tbc). At 50,000 tonnes deadweight, she was the largest of her kind when delivered in the late 1950’s. Allatsea was there in 1974, by then she had become an appalling piece of crap, badly maintained and with a bullying Master and a kickass Mate.

 

British Queen from the air, in 1959 she was regarded as a very large tanker indeed. How times change.

British Queen from the air, in 1959 she was regarded as a very large tanker indeed. How times change.

 

Allatsea's very forst ship. Joined at RAK in October 1972. Captain Tony Sainty. The trip lasted 5 months but although quite enjoyable, it seemed to last a thousand years.

Allatsea’s very first ship, British Comet. He joined at RAK in October 1972. Captain Tony Sainty. The trip lasted 5 months but although quite enjoyable, it seemed to last a thousand years. To help pass the time though, a bottle of gin was 50p, as was a carton of ciggies. Every week of that trip, mummy allatsea posted that week’s edition of Melody Maker to her son. Not one was ever received on board.

 

British Mallard, also known as the Dirty Duck etc etc. Onboard for 4 and a half months 1974/75, NW European coasting in winter. Products, mainly Northern Norway, Baltic and Gulf of Bothnia. Brrrrrr. BP did not supply proper cold weather gear to the crews. Shame on them. Two years later allatsea found himself in the same areas at the same time of year but on a RFA vessel, properly clothed and equipped. Although a vast and in many ways generous employer, BP, like today was not good at covering itself in glory.

 

British Vine, 19000 Tonnes, double ring-main, electric pumps, manual valves, hard work on deck. The last BP vessel that allatsea served on. Leaving the vessel at the Isle of Grain, January 1977.

British Vine, 19000 Tonnes, double ring-main, electric pumps, manual valves, hard work on deck. The last BP vessel that allatsea served on. Paid off the  vessel at the Isle of Grain, January 1977 and took up employment with the RFA.

Second ship of cadetship. British Avon, from Steam Boat Willy to Star Trekk, fantastic automation for the time. 1973. Drunken Dancing Donald as Master though, ruined a good trip.

Second ship of cadetship. British Avon, from Steam Boat Willy to Star Trekk, fantastic automation for the time and powered valves on deck and in the pumproom. She was also UMS, a very new thing at the time…. .1973. Drunken Dancing Donald as Master though, ruined a good trip.

British Vine crew-changing , probably at RAK using Gray MacKenzie launches.

British Vine crew-changing , probably at RAK using Gray MacKenzie launches. Note the myriad of ‘red lead’ patches on deck.

 

 

12 thoughts on “BP days RGH

  1. served on the “british statesman” in 1965 the first bp tanker to
    circumnavigate the globe since the 2nd world war, great ship fond memories. ken.

  2. Served as Chief cook on the British Cormorant, Cygnet and Kiwi in the early 60’s mianly Aussie Coast and African Coasts. great days.

  3. Similar pattern to allatsea but somewhat earlier. 1st ship was the Comet,1963, last ship was a tree class Ivy. Left not long after getting Master’s ticket.1973.
    Also several birds, Fulmar(my honeymoon trip as 2nd mate)
    Kiwi, Osprey. Biggest one I was on was Cavalier, a lovely ship.
    Also on Trader, Talent, Energy, Fern, Hawthorn, Sailor, Sovereign, Patrol, Lantern not a nice ship.

      1. Yes BP apparently wanted 5 x 35,000Te but the Italians gave them 6 for the price of 5, it showed in their quality. Comet Lantern Light Beacon Signal and Star.
        Newly married and having done 3 weeks on the Lantern I broke my wrist and was delighted to get off, so was my wife.

  4. Did one trip on the Queen as Senior Nav.App. Finnart – Banias – Finnart which was her regular run in 1962 – No fun at either port!
    The Queen was Clyde built – John Brown – & was launched by the Queen Mother.
    Went from the Queen to the Clyde Guardian as Uncert. 3/O where Tony Sainty was Mate. Learned a lot from him – nice guy.

    1. My first ship waqs British Comet, in 1972. The master was Tony Sainty. As you say, a nice guy. Did Banias just the once, on British Queen funnily enough. As you say, no fun there.

  5. Also sailed on one of the Italians – the Beacon, maiden voyage. Genoa – Banias – Grain & straight back to Genoa as there were so many problems with her. Spent a month there having them sorted. Late ’59.

  6. Served on Osprey 72-73, Comet 73-74 and maybe Queen after that. Deck Cadet and 3rd Mate. Can’t remember all the ships I was on, it was so long ago. Left the Merch in 79 and never went back. Happy days though. :)

  7. Spend 3 years with BP in the ’70s, Loyalty (joined in Awsterdam, Light (joined in Genoa), Pioneer (joined at Milford Haven), Gannet (eventually spending a number of months in Barry looking after the ‘bird’ class) and, (the very busy) Vine.

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