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No: 16795   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1979   Manufacturer: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom

Another of the Esso VLCCs named after the old British kingdoms taken at Fawley in June 1979.
She came from Harland and Wolff at Belfast in 1970 and had a 13 year span going to Kaohsiung breakers arriving on 20th April 1983.
Picture added on 28 February 2011 at 10:33
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I worked on 3 sister ships ESSO NORTHUMBRIA .and HIBERNIA at Swan Hunter, Wallsend Yard and ESSO ULIDIA at Harland Wolff, Belfast. Great Times.

Added by JIM WELSH on 18 June 2011.
I was a Medical Student and returned from working in a Mission Hospital in South Africa on the ESSO ULIDIA from Cape Town to Tenerife in Return for carrying out a research project on board.

Added by Charles on 03 July 2011.
Quite a reward indeed!

Added by Paul Strathdee on 04 July 2011.
Yes, an opportunity of a lifetime

Would anyone know the name and whereabouts of the skipper in 1975? He was young and had a beard.


Added by Charles on 05 July 2011.
Might have been Alan Eadie, sadly passed over.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 06 July 2011.
Might well have been; he was tall, quiet and a good chap. If so, RIP

Added by Charles on 06 July 2011.
thank you 4 picture 1st time ive seen her afloat

Added by JIM WELSH on 08 July 2011.
I served on the Esso Ulidia between Aug 1976 to Dec 1976. I was told it cost 6 million to build her and she paid for herself after just one trip to the Persian gulf and back. I actually paid off in Bahrain we were miles out to sea, we had to climb onto a launch that came alongside her when she was still moving. It took us another 4 hrs on a fast boat to get us ashore , also the helicopter would drop off our mail and fresh food off cape town. Great times on her good crew whom I've never seen again. If anyone is out there that sailed on her during my time on it would love to hear from you, I was just 18 at the time working as a boy cook training to be a chef

Added by Brian Farrell on 10 April 2012.
I served on the ulidia from 1972 till 1973 I was po cook then promoted to cpo cook whilst on board as the then cpo cook took ill and had to be dropped off at Tenerife

Added by Donald Campbell on 06 August 2014.
I also served on the demetia having joined it in malmo on its maiden voyage as cpo cook I paid off in aruba in feb 1974 happy times

Added by Donald Campbell on 06 August 2014.
I joined esso in 1965 on the Chelsea then my last ship when I left in 1975 was the London

Added by Donald Campbell on 06 August 2014.
The young captain was probably Alan Washbourne in 75/76. I sailed on Ulidia about that time discharging to lightening ships off Galveston. Took ages. Stopped in Aruba for a hull scrub on the way back to the Gulf.

Added by Andy on 17 March 2015.
Does anyone know about a fire in the engine room off Walvis Bay in about 1970 on the Ulidia and a Dr having to climb aboard and treat 2 burnt officers? The SAAF had to fly plasma out in a super frelon helicopter. I would appreciate hearing from anyone on board at the time.

Added by Angus Mackie on 16 September 2015.
In 1970 I was on her during her construction as a plumbing apprentice with Harland & Wolff. I watched her 9 cylinder, 90, 000 shp engine being built and tested. I also watched the Goliath Crane being tested with 1, 200 tons of steel plate.

Added by Edward Paul Campbell on 21 December 2017.
Hi Edward, she was fitted with a steam turbine, about 30, 000 SHP.

Added by Andy on 21 December 2017.
REPLY to Mr Campbell, did you see when Goliath lifted all the aft end in one lift. I was on night shift and Friday morning payday then off to the BAKERS CLUB you were probably to young to remember. HA HA

Added by JIM WELSH on 01 January 2018.
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