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Photographer:Ken Smith [View profile]Title:METHANE PRINCESSAdded:Jan 23, 2011
Location:Tilbury, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Gas Tankers built before 1980
METHANE PRINCESS 21,876gt Built 1964 LPG Tanker
bu Alang 9-3-1997
Vessel Identification
Name:Methane Princess
Technical Data
Vessel type:Lng Tanker
Gross tonnage:20,653 tons
Summer DWT:24,608 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1964
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (9)

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Venetian on Oct 17, 2013 12:26 (5 years ago)
Served as 5 then 4th R/O on Orcades (tripod mast) then as Chief R/O on Methane Progress a couple of years later. Pity it's not the Progress as it would be just the photo for my album! I remember the princess being alongside when we docked Orcades. Probably 1964
Gordy on Jan 25, 2011 16:31 (7 years ago)
Which old Orient Liner were you after?
Guest on Jan 25, 2011 16:09 (7 years ago)
Ken/Ralph, according to Neil McCart's book "Passenger Ships of the Orient Line", the Orient ships started losing their 'corn' hull colours in 1964, starting with ORONSAY then ORCADES in 1964 and ORSOVA in '65. ORIANA, which I don't think ever came to Tilbury, changed colour in late 1964.
Ken Smith on Jan 25, 2011 15:49 (7 years ago)
Hi Ralph,

Yes it was the Orcades, a fine ship, built 1948 bu 1973.

Orient was transferred to P&O in 1962, I am not sure of the exact date they were painted white but 1966 could be about right but someone will tell you I am sure.

rd77 on Jan 25, 2011 12:26 (7 years ago)
Which Orient liner is that in the background, ORCADES? And, what year did the Orient ships get repainted with the white hull, wasn't it 1966?
Ken Smith on Jan 24, 2011 17:02 (7 years ago)
Hi Phil, it is not the same these days, that berth is crumbling now.

Kind regards
Ken Smith on Jan 24, 2011 17:00 (7 years ago)
Thanks for the comment Derek, berth long gone now as have the Orient ships in the dock, my pleasure to share.

Kind regards
Phil English on Jan 23, 2011 21:14 (7 years ago)
Brings back some memories Ken. Sadly I never got close enough for a photo of her
DEREK SANDS on Jan 23, 2011 17:14 (7 years ago)
Another ship well remembered by me I have a distant view of her on this berth taken from the railway bridge near Tilbury Riverside station!

thanks for this gem Ken

best regards
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