British Success

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Introduction

British Success was a petrol tanker in service from 1946 until she was broken up 1961 giving her a working life of 15 years. Unusually, I have only been able to locate one photo of this ship.

British Success
British Success - Location and date not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Registered owners, managers and operators British Tanker Co. Ltd
Builders Blythswood SB Co.
Yard Scotstoun
Country UK
Yard number 81
Registry N/K
Official number 180817
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GLZB
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 8,215
Net tonnage 4,760
Deadweight N/K
Length 466 ft
Overall Length 484 ft
Breadth 59.2 ft
Depth 34.8 ft
Draught N/K
Engines 4-stroke cycle single acting 6 cylinder oil engine (4S.C.SA) with cylinder bore 29 1/8" and stroke 59 19/16".
Engine builders J.G. Kincaid & Co.
Works Greenock
Country UK
Power 675 MN
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 12 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for British Success for 1946 has the following additional information about her:

  • Machinery aft
  • Part-constructed by electric welding
  • Longitudinal framing at bottom of deck
  • Fitted with gyro compass
  • Fitted with radio direction-finding and echo-sounding equipment
  • 1 deck with cruiser stern
  • Built for carrying petroleum in bulk

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 November 1945 Launched
26 February 1946 Completed for British Tanker Co. Ltd.
1956 Change of owner to BP Tanker Co. Ltd.
29 August 1961 Taken to be broken up at Troon
20 October 1961 Breaking up commenced at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd.

Service History

I not found any detailed information about the service history of British Success other then her change of ownership and ultimate breaking up in 1961.

Stan Mayes served on British Success from 14 March 1951 until 2 July 1951. The account of his voyages can be found on the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.

I not found any information about the service history of British Success other then her change of ownership and ultimate breaking up in 1961.

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Stan Mayes