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BRITISH DIPLOMAT
Ships and Harbours
No: 17340   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1975   Manufacturer: Chantiers du Nord Dunkerque, France   Country: United Kingdom
BRITISH DIPLOMAT

BP tanker sailing from the Finnart Terminal on the Clyde in June 1975. She was built by Chantiers de Dunkerque in 1963.
She only had months left as on November 13th she arrived at Kaohsiung for scrap.
Picture added on 12 May 2011 at 10:32
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Why did she have such a short life and are there any photos of the glass staircase?

Added by Jan Olthafer on 28 May 2011.
I think they were victims of circumstance- too expensive to run in the 70s oil crisis days.
I have yet to see photos of their interiors. They were very well appointed. She was originally for the French arm of BP.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 28 May 2011.
I sailed on her maiden voyage as a junior engineer, she was a lovely ship but had engine troubles.

Added by Grayham Winstanley on 06 October 2014.
I also sailed on her maiden voyage. I was Chief Steward and must agree that she was top class which made other BP crews a bit jealous !! Thinking back, I believe I was in Dunkirk for about two months while fitting out and storing.


Added by Alex Harbison on 24 November 2016.
After checking my Seaman's Record Book today , I was Chief Cook on board and NOT Chief Steward !!

Added by Alex Harbison on 06 December 2016.
I sailed on her as an engineer cadet from July 1974 to Jan 1975. An interesting trip - had major turbine problems in Portland Maine - HP coupling sheared resulting damage to one of the rotors which was removed - I still have a blade! Took 5 weeks to return to Falmouth for dry dock on LP turbine. + baffle wall in boiler dropped and collapsed. Was this part of the reason she was scrapped so early in her life?

Added by Phil Dangerfield on 09 August 2017.
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