THIS photograph appealed to me for all kinds of reasons when I came across it the other day.
For a start, it so evokes the gritty clamour of the shipyards in their post-war heyday.
But there is also a wry ‘guess the shipping company’ game to be played if you look at the array of funnel markings in the background.
Over towards the left, for instance, are they the distinctive chevrons of Strick Line?
The ship, actually in for work at Middle Docks here in Shields, is an interesting one too. She’s the BP Supervisor.
I can’t actually tell you a great deal about her, not least because there seem to have been at least two, possibly three, vessels of the same name.
I do note, however, that there was a mention at one point on shipsnostalgia.com of a BP Supervisor which started out life as the Empire Tedburgh in 1946.
She subsequently became the Dovedale H, for Harkers, and then in 1953 was sold to Shell Mex and BP, becoming the BP Supervisor. She remained as such until 1966.
This photograph was taken in the summer of 1958, so is it the same ship?