Requisitioned by the Admiralty as an RFA fleet oiler in 1939, still manned by Merchant Navy officers and crews, she had a magnificent war service and was really in the whole thick of it, Russian convoys, Atlantic convoys etc.
I'm sure our late esteemed colleague, Stan Mayes, ex Eagle Oil during the war, would have known her well.
I think my Dad was invited to join San Ambrosio in 1944 when she was to be based in Trincomalee. He would have been 2nd Mate, but he and Mum were getting married in November that year, so he gallantly decided against leaving Empire Traveller. I think the Master of San Ambrosio was Tom Finch, who had been Master of one of Dad's earlier ships. Details are a bit hazy now, but Dad often spoke about having to turn down the opportunity. He joined San Veronico instead in 1945 and did one last convoy before going into hospital in New York with stomach ulcer trouble. He was still only 23. I sometimes wonder if Stan Mayes and Dad ever crossed paths.
I have read the book "The Last Tide" a history of the Port of Preston by Jack Dakres and in it he says that the San Ambrosio was the widest ship (60 feet 4 inches) ever to visit Preston dock and that was in 1937 with a cargo of Petroleum, a bit ironic that she was almost new when she first visited Preston, she has the record for the widest ship and 20 years later she is broken up there............(Thumb)