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Photographer:Paul Strathdee [View profile]Title:EARL OF SKYEAdded:Jan 03, 2006
Photo Category: Tankers built before 1970
This photograph was taken in 1983 when,as EARL OF SKYE she came to Glasgow supposedly for conversion to a livestock carrier.This did not happen and she went for scrap the following year.
Vessel Identification
Name:Earl Of Skye
Technical Data
Vessel type:Crude Oil Tanker
Gross tonnage:37,832 tons
Summer DWT:68,828 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1965
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Paul Strathdee on Aug 04, 2006 04:29 (12 years ago)
Thanks again, Alastair. Remember CONFIDENCE and COMMODORE well both being Clyde builtand saw CAPTAIN fitting out at Birkenhead-I think she ran her trials on the Clyde. Was lucky enough to get on board EARL OF SKYE in Glasgow as a friend who was with Harrison/s Clyde was Chief Engineer for the voyage to Glasgow. There was a great deal of controversy about the conversion which of course resulted in her finally being towed away to the breakers.
Alastair Sutherland on Aug 03, 2006 13:40 (12 years ago)
Paul, this must be a pretty rare image of the British Centaur after her change of ownership and renaming as Earl Of Sky, given that the conversion project never got off the ground.
As you suggest, the Centaur was one of a number of crude carriers ordered in 1957 by BP Tankers. There were 5 “C” class ships built of 67.000 DWT, including the Centaur. A further 2 had their size increased from their original orders and became the 75,000DWT British Mariner, (John Brown) and British Ensign, (Cammell Laird). Finally 2 more had their original size dramatically increased and became BP’s first 100.000 DWT + ships. These were British Admiral, built by Vickers, & British Argosy built by Swan Hunter. They both ended up as 112,000 DWT.
The 5 “C” class were British Confidence, (John Brown), British Captain, (Cammell Laird), British Commerce, (J.L. Thompson), British Centaur, (Harland & Wolff) and British Commodore, (Fairfield SB). The first two named had steam turbine main engines and were found to be uneconomical in service lasting only 10/12 years before being scrapped in 1976. The motor ships were more successful, Commerce & Centaur giving 18 years service and the Commodore 16. Details of the Centaur are as follows:
Call Sign GQMH. 67,741DWT, LOA 815.75’, Summer Draught 42.32’. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, in 1966; 9-cyl 2 S.C.S.A. (840x1800mm) B&W type oil engine by builder developing 18.000 bhp @ 110 rpm and giving a service speed of 16 knots. Tank configuration 6 centre and 10 wing with a further 2 wing tanks for clean ballast only. 1 pump room with 3 main cargo pumps and a separate stripping system, maximum discharge rate 4,920 tw/hr. Butterworth tank cleaning equipment and permanently installed Gas Freeing and Inert Gas systems.
Sold to Harrisons (Clyde) Ltd. 1983, 28.06.1984 arrived Ulsan for demolition.
I never sailed on the Centaur but did do a couple of trips on the Commodore as ex 3/O. Comfortable ship running Finnart, Gulf, Finnart or, for a change, Angle Bay!
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