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    Hello...my name is Karen Bernard and I am sending this post in the hope that somebody may be able to help with information/first hand stories of serving on BP Tankers between January 1962 and June 1965. My brother, Eric Bernard who sadly passed away 2 years ago, was electrician on various vessels between these dates and before his sudden death I started to write a draft of his adventurous and interesting life for family posterity but felt unable to proceed with all of that until now. These are the names of the ore carrier (first one) then oil tankers I have copied from his Seaman's Record Book:- MV Sheaf Field January 1962 until June 1962...MV British Resource June 1963 until December 1963 and this included being in the vicinity of the Lakonia disaster as per David Bowley's post and that tragic story. MV British Envoy March 1964 then MV British Gannet April 1964,MV British Guardsman April 1964, MV British Duchess May until October 1964 (Aden) MV British Robin April until June 1965 and finally MV British Gannet June until September 1965. If any of these ship's names...and dates ring bells with anyone I would be happy to hear from you. Eric was my only brother...a good big brother to have. Best Wishes Karen Bernard

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    Name: SHEAF FIELD
    Type: Cargo Ship
    Launched: 11/11/1970
    Completed: 03/1971
    Builder: Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd
    Yard: South Shields
    Yard Number: 37
    Dimensions: 15037dwt, 9372grt, 6743nrt, 135.64 x 21.65 x 11.66metres
    Engines: Oil engine, 2SA, 4cyl (580 x 1850mm), 6000bhp
    Engines by: Doxford & Sunderland Ltd, Sunderland
    Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 14.25knots
    Construction: Steel
    Reg Number: 337365; IMO 7035341
    History:
    03/1971 Sheaf Steam Shipping Co Ltd (WA Souter & Co Ltd), Newcastle

    Hi Karen, click on thumb nail photo.
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    This Link mat help a wee bit it has the list of British Tankers
    Cheer

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Tanker_Company

    British Resource 1949

    British Resource 1949

    And above as many Pics of these Ships
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    Hi Karen.
    I was on quite a few BTC tankers but all before 57, have you looked at the BTC company in the Shipping Co forums? A lot of posts there.
    Cheers Des

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    I just love this photograph of the Sheaf Field Brian...many thanks...Eric would have been delighted.

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    Hi Karen,
    my apologies, that photo was a later one of SHEAF FIELD.
    I could not find a photo of the one Eric was on. just the details, There were six ships of that name over the years..............

    Sheaf Field (4) 186888 1959 to 1969./ 10882 Ore Carrier.
    1969 sold to Cia de Nav. Tornado, Liberia r/n Tornado, 1977 sold to Greekhymne Shipping, Piraeus r/n Stenies, 1986 scrapped

    So sorry about that
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    Hi Brian...thanks for getting the ball rolling for me anyway (it's a good photo) but I noticed its date. I can follow through with the information you have given...much appreciated. Karen.

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    Hi and thanks for the link...making progress slowly...happy to say that I found two ships through this. Cheers Karen.

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    Hi Karen,

    My name is Graham Wallace, I have sent you a private message regarding some details of your brother's BPTC sea service
    Regards,
    Graham Wallace

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