Scrapping vessels


…T2 tankers were ships that were built and used on a large scale during the Second World War.
The record to build such a T2-tanker was 33 days.

Bad welding.


The welding sometimes left much to be desired.

The British Shell tanker ‘Tomocyclus’.


As with Liberty’s, Victory’s and everything that was produced on a large scale in that period, these ships disappeared from the world seas after the war.
Mostly they were imposed to be towed to a scrap yard later on.
A number of ships escaped and after that time still faithfully built many nautical miles.
Empire’s was a collective name for all kinds of English ships that sailed during WW2 and were often confiscated.

The ‘Gelderland’ with two T2-tankers for scrapping.


Seen from the other side.


Sometimes you came across another one.
Well maintained, but nostalgia will not detract from the fact that it was hard work on ships like that.
Especially in the engine room.

A T2 tanker in wartime.


In order to get countries merchant fleets back in order, a lot of sailing war material was given on loan under certain rules.
Or simply sold.
The need for ships was great after the war.
Sometimes a part of such a tanker was used.

A composite ship once arrived in Marsa el Brega.
The fore ship of a modern tanker with as stern that part of a T2-tanker in which the propulsion was located.
All welded together with as bridge a slice of cake that came from another tanker.
It was a strange monster.

SS ‘Hat Creek’.


You keep looking for a good picture of a T2-tanker.
Then you find a nice one with a bit of nostalgia in the background.
The chimney shows ESSO, that is where my father once worked.
The T2-tanker was the ‘Caltex Utrecht’, once she sailed under the Dutch flag.

Caltex Utrecht’.

Launched as a T2-SE-A1 ‘Blue Licks’ 1945 – 1967.


Global data of a T2-tanker:
length: 159.6 mtr
width: 20,7 mtr
draught: 9.1 mtr
load capacity: 16,613 dwt
propulsion: turbine/electric, single screw 6000 apk
speed: 14,5 knp (27 km/h)
range: 12,600 miles (23,300 km)
capacity: 10,200 tonnes (141,150 barrels)
crew: approx. 53

Fourteen of these tankers have sailed for the Dutch merchant marine.


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