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Tony Sweet
19th February 2016, 04:19 PM
Hi all
It would be great to here from anyone who served between 1947 and 1955 on the BT tanker fleet

Particularly BT Glory, BT Escort, BT Sailor, BT Adventure.

Thank you

Tony Sweet

Stan Carter
20th February 2016, 12:36 AM
Hi Tony, I was on the british builder 1955, first trip as a deck boy.

Tony Sweet
20th February 2016, 07:51 AM
I done my first trip as deck boy on the old British Glory lived forward 14 of us in open Fo,castle , I was,BT quite 16
You can imagine I grew up very fast ah !

20th February 2016, 08:10 AM
I done my first trip as deck boy on the old British Glory lived forward 14 of us in open Fo,castle , I was,BT quite 16
You can imagine I grew up very fast ah !####tell us more tony not many here lived in an open focsle......a proper seaman......respects to you cappy

Ivor Lloyd
20th February 2016, 01:27 PM
I was R/O on the British Tradition 1952 Capt Saunders

Des Taff Jenkins
21st February 2016, 04:38 AM
HI Tony.
Welcome to the site where i hope you will enjoy all that it offers. Many on here sailed on the BTC tankers[ I was on quite a few myself but not the same ones as you, if you click on the Forum Home and scroll down you will see a list of shipping Companies click on the British Tanker Co and there are loads of names of people who have used or still using this site who sailed on them.
Put the dates you were on those ships makes it easier for someone to check if they sailed with you.
Cheers Des


eric fisher
21st February 2016, 08:29 PM
Hi Tony, I served as an R/O on the British Might Feb. 1951 to July 1952 Capt. Walter Hill

colin watts
21st February 2016, 08:45 PM
Hi Tony I served on british sailor as asst steward about 1957 0r 1958

Graham Carter
24th February 2016, 11:57 PM
Hi Toni, First tripper as Deck Boy on British Engineer 1956. Luxury cruise compared with D/Bs on British Glory. I think it was only her second trip,we got two berth cabin on upper deck (with Galley Boy) but there was a crew cabin empty below and I got the ok to move in. Deck Boy, single cabin, no nasty b-----ds in the crew. Was I spoilt or was I spoilt!!!


Des Taff Jenkins
25th February 2016, 12:45 AM
Hi Stan
I was on the British Builder, joined in Newcastle 8th Nov 55 was out until 20 Sept 56, last deep sea ship, was on two coasters then fled to NZ in 57.
Now a funny thing is the Captain's name was Saunders, same as Ivor Lloyd on the British Tradition in 52, Wonder if it was the same Skipper?
Cheers Des


happy daze john in oz
25th February 2016, 05:42 AM
Maiden voyage of British Hawthorn in 64 first of the Tree class tankers they commissioned.

Stan Carter
25th February 2016, 05:08 PM
hi Des, yes the capt was Saunders on our trip. I found it was a good and happy ship although she kept breaking down on a regular basis. but it seemed that every time was in a good port,
Beruit, Venice, Pirieus , excuse the spelling, so did not have to spend money on a cruise ship
Regards, Stan

Ivor Lloyd
26th February 2016, 08:21 AM
Hello Des
Greetings from Carmarthen.
It was Capt J. G. Saunders

Des Taff Jenkins
27th February 2016, 12:21 AM
HI Ivor,
Hard to make out first initials but looks like J,G Saunders in my book, as Stan said the Builder used to break down a lot and I believe on one trip she was one of the longest tows for a tanker at the time, we used to spend days drifting around catching sharks. The Captain had his new wife aboard, and she was a pure pest always criticizing the crew for some missed chipping or painting holidays, she caused a lot of strife, we walked off the ship in Durban, ended up being beaten up by the South African police, two blokes had to be paid off as they were in hospital with severe injuries, so we refused to up anchor until his wife was flown home, had a lot of mishap's after, including a mate of mine falling from the mainmast and spending nine months in Port Pirei hospital. That is why I packed up the home boats and went on the coast in NZ, and a glorious time.
Cheers Des

Christopher Scanes
23rd March 2016, 03:04 PM
My father was third mate on BP Tankers in the early 1950's. He was Daniel Scanes. Does anyone remember him and know any of the ships he served on.
Chris Scanes

james chalmers
27th November 2016, 08:07 PM
Hi Tony I sailed on the British Escort March 58 till July 58 She was an experimental three cylinder Doxford with a Brown Boveray Turbine Super Charger
No Main Engine driven pumps & all Aux. Machinery were Electrically Powered from 2 large Mann Diesel Generators. My biggest problem were the Holding down bolts ,they were always snapping & as I was the Fourth Engineer it was my responsbility to go down in the double bottoms to replace them . Oh well happy Days ,But I had a happy time on Her She was only one of the 10 ships I sailed on with the Company From 55 till 62 .
James T Chalmers

David Williams
27th November 2016, 10:19 PM
Hi Tony.
Way back in the early 50s,I sailed mainly
out from Swansea and among others I
was on the British Pioneer,Resource,Envoy
Duke and the Hero.
Dave Williams