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Photographer:Alastair Sutherland [View profile]Title:BRITISH AVIATORAdded:Aug 01, 2007
Photo Category: Ship's Deck
BP Tanker "British Aviator" discharging crude, Isle of Grain, 1963. Built by Swan Hunter, Wallsend, in 1958; 37,232 dwt. Powered by 2 steam turbines built by the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Co. double reduction geared to a single shaft. 15,500 shp. Sold in 1976 for demolition. She was infamous for colliding with the British Bulker "Crystal Jewel" south of the Royal Sovereign light on the 23rd Novemeber 1961 in thick fog. Her bow penetrated 20ft into the side of the Crystal Jewel and one life was lost, the master's daughter from memory. Both masters had their tickets suspended for 1 year by the subseqent enquiry for travelling too fast in thick fog. When I did my radar ticket they used the accident as "a classic example of a radar assisted collision".
Vessel Identification
Name:British Aviator
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tanker
Gross tonnage:22,818 tons
Summer DWT:38,463 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1958
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (3)

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theape on Apr 25, 2012 16:32 (6 years ago)
was on the ship in 1968,for nine months,,,,great ship many memories
Martin Cole on Apr 12, 2011 09:08 (7 years ago)
Thanks, wonderful memories! I have used this image on a posting on my blog this morning:

See my earlier query on this comment thread!

Martin Cole
Martin Cole on Apr 12, 2011 09:05 (7 years ago)
Did we play Please Please Me and poker on this ship?
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