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|primedude on Jul 26, 2012 05:18 (1 year ago)|
Keeping all the Information still at this age is really a marvelous things.... I salute you Sir, May GOD keep you Healthy and plz plz keep us inform further if you have info of any other old ship....... Best regards,
|Portway on Jul 26, 2012 04:15 (1 year ago)|
Gordy Detail of British Sincerity first voyage to Australia 1939 & return to Avonmouth UK 1940
Abadan, Sep 4, 1939 Independent Colombo, Sep 15, 1939
Colombo, Sep 15, 1939 Independent Fremantle, Sep 28, 1939
Fremantle, Sep 28, 1939 Independent Adelaide, Oct 3, 1939
Adelaide, Oct 4, 1939 Independent Melbourne, Oct 7, 1939
Melbourne, Oct 9, 1939 Independent Sydney NSW, Oct 11, 1939
Sydney NSW, Oct 13, 1939 Independent Brisbane, Oct 16, 1939
Brisbane, Oct 17, 1939 Independent Hobart, Oct 21, 1939
Hobart, Oct 22, 1939 Independent Melbourne, Oct 23, 1939
Melbourne, Oct 31, 1939 Independent
Fremantle, Nov 7, 1939 Independent Singapore, Nov 15, 1939
Singapore, Nov 18, 1939 Independent Colombo, Nov 25, 1939
Colombo, Nov 25, 1939 Independent Suez, Dec 7, 1939
Suez, Dec 10, 1939 Independent Abadan, Dec 22, 1939
Abadan, Dec 24, 1939 Independent Suez, Jan 4, 1940
Port Said, Jan 6, 1940 Independent Gibraltar, Jan 13, 1940
Gibraltar, Jan 16, 1940 HG.15 (Gibraltar - Liverpool)
Avonmouth, Jan 25, 1940
Avonmouth, Feb 12, 1940 Independent Newport, Feb 14, 1940
taken from my record, my rating at this point was AB hope this is of interest
Regards Portway Sydney Australia
|primedude on Jul 25, 2012 06:58 (1 year ago)|
Well It all seems like fairytale .... I'm very much amazed and thrill to read all the detail given by Portway .. it was really awesome .... Portway still at the age 91 ... you are enthusiastically attached to this forum and gave the detail of all the Masterpiece of British ships .... Luckily I've the privilege to capture the Picture of another Vessel " British Curlew" then later called "WENJIANG" also old masterpiece.... and the way informed us the detail by Portway ... crew member of "Wenjiang" also contact me and thanks for the last available pictures.... you may also see the link below ... thanks Portway for sharing such a precious information ... regards, Shahid Ayub.
|Emmanuel.L on Jul 25, 2012 06:16 (1 year ago)|
for an 80+ and on computers ,plus blessed with a very good memory I at 67 look up to you as a model of of my future.
Being sunk on a great number of times,participating in RAF bomber attacks, I think that you must write up your life and memories for posterity, I can assure you it will be a hit .
Keep on posting and wtiting about your memories and adventurous life.
I congratulate you.
|Clyde Dickens on Jul 25, 2012 05:25 (1 year ago)|
That's the first time I have seen 9 lives documented!!! Marvelous story Portway.
|Gordy on Jul 25, 2012 03:43 (1 year ago)|
|Thanks Portway, I hope u have saved all that info, or written a book of your exploits, what a fantastic read that would be. Thanks for all of your kindness since I have known you, you are a blessing to all of us on Ships Spotting, your experiences are awesome. My father went away in 1940 till 1981, he came under attack three time, it must have been real difficult every time you cleared a harbor not knowing if you was ever going to see home again. Ty Portway. Btw...I went away at 14 also, 3 months short of my 15th birthday, I am so glad I did it....41 years and 35 ship, I would never trade that time for all the tea in China!|
|Portway on Jul 25, 2012 02:57 (1 year ago)|
Steve. Clyde. Thank you for your comment 1939 I was 18. having run away to sea aged 14 like so many young fellows did back then it was a job and a chance to see a bit of the world as well some what harsh but one made the most of it.
Clyde must admit not to many aspirations either but 1939 changed all that for everybody all over the world. But one thing I became good at was my navigation skills which went onto serve me well for the rest of my life at sea no Radar GPS or Computers you have to wonder how we all found are way Sunk 8 times by mines & torpedoes 1942 went on to RAF Bomber Command as a navigator put my skill to work in the air survived just over 2 years before discharge when back to the Merchant Marine low and behold first ship engagement SS Blairnewis was sunk by HMCS Orkney a Canadian Frigate talk about having 9 lives.
Gordy sorry to hijack your image of British Sincerity but this vessel did hold many a memory for me.
Regards Portway Sydney Australia
|Gordy on Jul 24, 2012 07:22 (1 year ago)|
|Thanks Portway, I am glad u like it, I didnt know u were on it when I posted her up, that holds more significance now. She must have had a charmed life, the entire war with out a mark on her, she would have been the ship to stay aboard on continuous articles and never pay off. Thanks for you wonderful added info and I hope to post some more old tankers later on for you. I was on probably the next generation BP tankers or even later than that, birdy boats.|
|Clyde Dickens on Jul 24, 2012 05:24 (1 year ago)|
My thanks also Portway. Your personal experience comments help make history come alive. I bet you were a diligent deckboy!
My best regards
|Patagualino on Jul 24, 2012 02:45 (1 year ago)|
Portway: Many thanks for the fascinating history & the detailed information. Remarkable.
(Love the draught: Accurate to half-an-inch...or 13mm!)
You must have been very young in '39.(14?)
I salute you Sir. And..."Thanks" for being there for us.
Sincere regards, Steve.
|Portway on Jul 24, 2012 01:20 (1 year ago)|
Did a Tour of Duty on this Tanker joined on Completion in 1939 just a deckboy at that time image would date from 9 to 11 October 1939 Melbourne, she did all major ports in Australia returned Avonmouth UK 12 02 1940 my last Tanker until the end of WW11
ON : 167168
Name : BRITISH SINCERITY
Type : Tanker
Flag : GBR
Launched : 22.11.38
Completed : 2.39
Owner as Compl : British Tanker Co.Ltd., London, UK.
Builder : Cammell, Laird & Co.Ltd., Birkenhead, UK.
Yard No : 1035
Link : 1611
Starke : V1939 #86
490' 0" LOA
LBP : 142.3m
Beam : 18.9m
27' 5½" Summer Draught
Powered by a 4 cyl 2 S.C.S.A. Doxford oil engine, 3,100 bhp @ 105 rpm giving an 11.5 knot service speed.
9C & 18W tanks, two pump rooms each housing 2 x steam reciprocating cargo pumps, 1,080 t.w./hr. maximum discharge rate. Victor Pyrate portable tank cleaning system, 10" stern discharge.
Sincerity went right through WWII without getting a scratch and traded until 1958.
29.6.1958 arrived at Boom, Belgium for demolition by O.Bulens.
Work commenced in September 1958.
|David Meare on Jul 23, 2012 22:11 (1 year ago)|
|Great photo. Old ships fascinate me and built in '39 she had a whole war to survive, something of an achievement in itself. It appears she did and was scrapped in Belgium in 1958. Dave.|