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    I would suggest that you are two junior Engineer watchkeepers short
    A lot of tankers didn't carry electricians ,
    I would also expect an engine room storekeeper
    and i would hazard a guess at three donkeymen

    so I would have expected your 36 , raised by 6 to 42 .

    The Indian Crew on a similar Clan Line Ship would be up to seventy five strong
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    i sailed on two athel tankers there were only two a/stewards and a galley boy, chief and second stewards.cook and second cook and baker the electrician was the fourth engeneer. alf
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    If she had two large scotch boilers the normal engine room/boiler watch would be, Senior engineer,junior engineer, donkey/greaserfor engines and fireman for boiler room. The storekeeper would have a minimum of four day workers and the Senior second engineer would have two mechanics.
    A pantryman and messman in the galley as well.
    A Lampie as well.
    A full Indian crew on a similar Texaco tanker would be around 55 strong plus officers, A Blue Flue ship with Chinese and Brits would be about 75.
    The ships were all built with minimal automation all hand control. Part of history now all gone. From Bahrein to Long Beach with a stop for veggies off Singapore. No bother. A Pacific cruise.

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    About Ghost ships The one I sailed on was the BP Scientist I was on 8/12 watch & I had to check on the steering engine during the watch/ well each time I went to check it out the fresh water pump would be going likety stick & I would turn the valve off with a wheel spanner , next time I went up there the f/wpump would be going flat out again This happened every night. Latter on another ship I was talking to one of the Mates about this strange happening ,he also had been on the Scientist And the strange thing when he was on it was that the steering engine would shut down from the valve on top of the boiler this apparently happened quite often I sailed on 10 different ships ,this was the only one I thought was Haunted .James Chalmers

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    m.s. "British Rose" was my first ship. I joined in Hull (Saltend Jetty) in Nov, 1947 as Apprentice. On my second trip in her, we had a major engine breakdown when outward bound in the Bay of Biscay in January 1948. The ship had a 3-cylinder Doxford engine, and after 12 hours emergency repairs (drifting closer to Finisterre all the while - ending up I believe about 5 miles off - in a howling gale) the engineers finally after several tries got the engine started on 2 cylinders and it took us nearly a week to get back to Falmouth.
    The only names I can recall from that time were Captain Thornton, and the other apprentice Fred Berry.

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    My step brother James Fred Robertson was a cadet on British Rose in 1957/8.

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    Leslie,
    I have been running a BP website ( BP Marine Engineering Apprentices) for the last 15+ years , I was a 1955 BP Marine Engineering Apprentice, originally searching for Ex BP EA's but branched out years ago to cover all ex BP seagoing personnel, to date located over 1000.
    Made a database of BP Navigating Apprentices1948/85+ around 4 years ago 4200 names , one of them is LY Davis 1948? intake, Confidence NA 21/6/1949, you I guess. Do you remember your fellow apprentices?,Reynolds, Stephenson and Hindege? I have a number of Berrys listed but no Fred
    Send me a Private Message.
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    I do not know if this will help or not,concerning the crew of a tanker.
    Within the Gallery under ships plans,there is a plan of the Esso Puerto Rico.
    On closer inspection she seems to have a large crew.I can list them all if its
    required as I still have the original plan.It shows 54 crew plus 4 passengers.
    Gallery Manager and Friend of the Website

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    G,day all,
    I can assure you that the British Diplomat of only 8,000 tons carried a crew of 45
    and that the British Aviator crew was 72 the reason being it was a STS and it had a lot of engineers on board who were only Doxford engrs. sitting steam certs.
    I should know as I was C/stwd 15yrs with BP

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    I was on the Gloucester in 76 when we went to lagos for three feckin months no ac, up and down the jungle to okrika, on the way home one of the lads died from cerebral malaria, apparently when the heating was turned on a nest in his cabin hatched, dead in hours poor sod. Remember Jimmy spanners 2/e well scots guy old school

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