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Old 18th April 2017, 17:06
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Welcome to the BP shipping Forum

Well I suppose someone had to open this Forum, so let it be me Joined as an Eng cadet 1968 and left when they flagged out 1986
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Old 19th April 2017, 03:17
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A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great new site has to offer. we look forward to your many postings
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Old 24th April 2017, 19:11
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Joined BP as a catering boy 1981, eventually left in 88 as Chief Cook.
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Old 25th April 2017, 01:13
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Joined the British Purpose in Falmouth in Jan 1951, a nice short voyage to Texas and pay off in Avonmoth. Good crew and food was good.
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Old 25th April 2017, 16:35
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Joined the British Centaur as EDH in 1967. Did one trip as EDH, then did the GP course in Liverpool and re joined the Centaur a few weeks later. I signed a company contract on that ship, and remained with BP until 1977. Great company I thought, when a lot of development within the company was going on. Prudhoe Bay, North Sea, Opening up markets in the US by buying up several US oil companies, bigger & bigger ships, though the number of ships was reduced. All very exciting I thought.
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Old 13th July 2018, 02:47
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Joined the British Scout smallest ship they had on the coast in 51 to 52.
British navigator 52 British Piper 53, British Captain 53, British Guardian four trips 54 , British Builder 55 to 56, all as AB the Builder was the last foreign going ship I was on, a few coasters later and then the Kiwi coast.
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Old 16th July 2018, 21:00
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just jumped ship from SN which seemed to have lost My Photos albums for at least several users, This site is almost the same as SN, still don't know the whole story of what happened..but willing to try SH now.

was in BP and Holder Bros as Nav App, 3/O and 2/O from 1958-66

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British Patriot, Oak, Merchant,Seafarer, Judge, Robin and Kestel
Beauval, Orepton, Hardwick Grange

best ships Oak and Robin
worst ships Merchant and Judge.

2nd mates 1962 1st mates 64, left sea in 66 for computer software career.
moved to USA 1974 working for IBM,
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Old 23rd July 2018, 16:56
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My first trip to sea British Resource July 1964 December 1964. Isle of Grain, Killingholme, Jarrow, Bonny, Swansea, Falmouth (drydock) my hometown, Bandar Mashur via Suez Canal, Bombay crew change, Abadan, Djibouti, Little Aden, Freetown, via Cape of Good Hope, Bonny, Swansea, paid off.
Left after this trip and returned to sea 14 years later with P&O Bulk Shipping for 8 yrs then TMA for a further 8 yrs.
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Old 24th July 2018, 13:18
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Greetings holystone and welcome to SH. Bon voyage.
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Old 17th September 2020, 19:13
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Another refugee from SN. It looks very similar before the recent changes there.
Again another 68 apprentice, made it to 2/e before the 86 chuck out.
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Old 17th September 2020, 23:29
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1st trip Leckie on the Comet!!!
Then the Sailor the Destiny the Judge the Adventure and the Centaur.
I still don't know who I upset!
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Old 18th September 2020, 11:32
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Greetings Andrew and welcome to SH. Bon voyage.
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Old 22nd September 2020, 09:27
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Started working as a galley boy on British Knight, British Enterprise, British Piper 1960, spending nine months on the River Fal. Then British Industry 61, British Sailor 62, British Power 62/63, British Dragoon 64, Br Mariner 64.Br Hazel 65 2nd cook and baker, Br Aviator ch/cook 66. Br Mariner 67. Br Bulldog 67/68. Catr Off. Br Loyalty 69. Br Gunner 69/70. Br Lancer 70. British Hazel 71. British Hawthorn 72, British Mallard 73. British Guardsman 74.
BP a good Company, From 1975 onwards worked with Denholms, an excelent Company. through their connections in other companies I remained employed through to 1990.
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Old 26th September 2020, 12:28
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No involvement with the company as such, but co-authored the book BRITISH TANKERS with Ray Solly, published by Chatham Publishing 2005. Where has the time gone?
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Old 1st December 2020, 14:40
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British Crusader, Sergeant, Freedom, Centaur and Curlew.. Eng Cadet to 4th.. Glad i left to go to IT.
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Old 3rd December 2020, 19:38
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Remember Swansea

When I was a youngster the view from my bedroom overlooked Swansea Bay and Swansea Docks. The bay saw many BP Tankers arriving and going into Kings Dock (or was it Queens Dock) to discharge oil - much from Aden. BP LLandarcy was the refining works and the Tank Farm on the sea front always had that interesting smell of oil. Because of the shipping in Swansea was the deciding factor to go to sea. Unfortunately my eyesight was not good enough to become a Deck Officer (good bye to BP), but sailed in the Pursers office for 10 enjoyable years.
Cheers - Spotter185
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Old 8th December 2020, 13:46
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Morning all, just clambered aboard the SH liferaft from the wreckage of SN.
1968 intake Engineer cadet - Poplar Tech, South Shields and Hawthorn Leslie workshop experience.
Sailed Br.Light as E/C 1972; Br.Holly as A/J/E 1972; Br. Light ( again! lucky me!)as J/E 1973; Br.Destiny as J/E 1973-4; Br.Aviator as 4/E 1974-5 (my best trip); Br. Patience as 3/E 1975-6 (two trips); Br. Promise as 3/E 1976-7; Border Pele as 3/E 1977-8.
Packed it in to raise a dynasty of little Steve Hs ashore. Never regretted joining BP, sometimes regretted leaving.
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Old 8th December 2020, 17:18
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Greetings Steve and welcome to SH. Bon voyage.
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Old 16th January 2021, 15:06
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Hi all, been here for a while but I can't remember giving a quick summary of my time wth BP.
I was a 1971 eng. cadet doing phase 1 at Poplar Tech. and phase 3 at Glasgow CNS. First trip was on the Inventor just as the 1973 war and oil crisis kicked off. I spent most of my time on motor ships, particularly River boats. I left in 1986 as a 3/E when the axe fell, last ship being the Security. The wife was expecting our first child, and so took my chances ashore, although unemployment levels were still high.
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Old 16th January 2021, 15:53
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Sailed on 4 vessels British Respect, British Trent, British Wye and Gas Enterprise for Wallems of Isle of Man
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