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Name: BRITISH MERCHANT
Type: Tanker
Launched: 23/07/1953
Completed: 01/1954
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend Yard
Yard Number: 1825
Dimensions: 31750dwt, 21064grt, 12701nrt, 640.6 x 85.7 x 47.0ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, DR geared, 13750shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 14.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 186002
History:
01/1954 British Tanker Co Ltd, London
01/06/1956 Owners restyled BP Tanker Co Ltd, London
1972 Possidon Shipping & Trading Corp, Pireaus ; renamed PETROLA VII
1974 Aroania Shipping & Trading Corp, Pireaus
1976 Renamed PETROLA 7
06/10/1978 Broken up
Comments: 06/10/1978: Broken up by IM Varela Davalillo at Castellon


Above photo is copyright of Alex Wood

Above photo is copyright of Alex Wood

Above photo is copyright of Alex Wood

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