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Old 8th January 2006, 06:07
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Tankers 1950's Shell Co, Ships

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My Name is Rob Allen and I was an apprentice deck officer> uncertificated 3rd mate >certificated third Mate and lastly second mate on Shell ships during the mid to late 1950's, I would appreciate any contact from ex tanker men of that period who may wish to exchange experiences of those times but perhaps more importantly from any one having photographs of ships of the period.Some of the ships I served on are:- S.T.S.Verena. M.V.Ninella.
M.V.Hyria. T.E.S. Tomogerus. M.V.Lotorium. M.V.OborShell.(Coastwise and oceanpassage mostly Singapore and Indonesia.)
Before going to sea I also completed a one year course at King Edward V11
Nautical school, Commercial road and Stepney London,Spending many happy times on the S.S.Wendorian, The ex Royal yacht of Spain Or so I'm led to believe circa !875 Although she was 'Fore and Aft'rigged on two masts she was mainly powered By a quadruple expansion steam engine R.J.Allen
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Old 8th January 2006, 13:13
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Welcome Allenr to the site. My brother sailed on Tomogerus on her first trip with Shell(Anglo Saxon Pet;Co) as an engineer (5th) A picture of her is on www.mowbars.plus.com. A happy new year to you.
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Old 8th January 2006, 13:33
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Rob,
Welcome to the site which I'm sure you'll find very interesting.
My career path at sea followed a very similar pattern to yours, although with BP. I, too, went to KEVII Nautical College (sadly no longer) for a 3 month pre-sea training course which included the obligatory week on the Wendorian. I have attached a photo of her in Wapping Basin. Captain Griffiths was her Master. Once a week we rowed whalers up & down the West India Docks & also attempted to sail them if there was any wind. I remember doing a trip with Captain Miller on a powerful wooden motor launch - the Magellan - owned by the college I think. We took it from Shadwell to HMS Chrysanthemum on the Embankment. Going thro' the locks at Shadwell, Captain Miller decided to help a barge that needed a tow. He seemed to forget that barges have no engines & couldn't go astern once we entered the locks. As a result the poor old Magellan was crushed against the lock gates. There was much cracking & creaking of timbers but she must have been strongly built as she survived & made it to the Embankment.
You'll find plenty of photos of Shell vessels in the Tanker Gallery & I'm sure someone on site will come up with photos of the ones you served on.
Happy viewing!
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Welcome aboard from Italy,a lot of ships to see for you in this wsite!!
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See http://www.helderline.nl for shell tankers.
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Here’s a bit of information from my research (so far) into the Shell Fleet.

Also try this website, it’s in Dutch, but you can get the jist of things.

http://www.cnooks.nl/



Hyria,
Built 1954 by Lithgows Ltd. Port Glasgow, Scotland.
Yard No. 1074
1954-1975 for Shell Tankers UK.
Scrapped 1975


Lotorium (1),
Built 1947 by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland
Yard No. ????????????
1947-1961 for Shell Tankers U.K. London.
Scrapped 1961.


Ninella,
Built 1943 by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co., Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland
Yard No. 70
1943-1966 for Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London
196? converted to Oil Storage.
Scrapped 1966.


Tomogerus,
Built 1944 by Kaiser Company, Swan Island Yard, Portland. Oregon, United States
Yard No. 86
Originally, Swan Island, 1944-1948 for USMC, No. 1943).
Sold, 1948-1961 to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co., London, renamed Tomogerus.
Scrapped, 10/09/1961, Faslane, Scotland.


Verena
Built 1950 by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland
Yard No. 1403
1950-1971 for Shell Tankers U.K. London.
Scrapped 1971.

OborShell, ???????? not in any of my research books

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Bienvenida de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Rob,

from another ex Shell Tanker man, but of a later vintage.....

hope you enjoy everything the site has to offer.

The " Obor Shell" was built by Est. Nav. de Mondego , Figueira, Portugal but in an unknown year.

" Obor" means " torch" in Indonesian .

Interestingly Lloyds Register of 1959 - 1960 does not show the year of build.

She was a motor tanker of 733 gross tons & 735 dwt.

Engines were 2 x 6 cylinder , 4 strokes built by N.V. Werkspoor of Holland.

Dimensions were ( L x B x D ) 182'0" x 34'10" x 10'3 & 1/2".

Built for the Shell Company of Singapore Ltd. and registered in London & for the restricted service around the Indonesian archipelago & Singapore.

Her Official number was 24223 and her callsign was " MYBJ".

I do not know of her fate but will continue to look.
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Regarding the Lotorium ( 1) , again Lloyds Register does not show her yard number but we have a secret weapon....Tmac1720 should be able to help us there... after all he is the former Archive and Administration Manager with Harland and Wolff Belfast. I'll send him a message.

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Excellent, now to start looking again, well....... perhaps tomorrow
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Obor Shell

The only reference I can find is in Stephen Howarth's " Sea Shells etc.....", it has the Obor Shell down as OBOE SHELL, built in Portugal in 1958.
However, the accuracy of the information at the back of this book is debatable with several obvious mistakes.
It would be great to get the full story on this little gem.

Allenr has started a good one here.
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A warm welcome to you Rob, the good ship SN is an excellent vessel with a great crew. I followed a similar path to yours (at KE VII for a year). Enjoy the site and we look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage
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Welcome aboard Rob, enjoy the site and what it holds for its members.
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Bienvenida de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Rob,

from another ex Shell Tanker man, but of a later vintage.....

hope you enjoy everything the site has to offer.

The " Obor Shell" was built by Est. Nav. de Mondego , Figueira, Portugal but in an unknown year.

" Obor" means " torch" in Indonesian .

Interestingly Lloyds Register of 1959 - 1960 does not show the year of build.

She was a motor tanker of 733 gross tons & 735 dwt.

Engines were 2 x 6 cylinder , 4 strokes built by N.V. Werkspoor of Holland.

Dimensions were ( L x B x D ) 182'0" x 34'10" x 10'3 & 1/2".

Built for the Shell Company of Singapore Ltd. and registered in London & for the restricted service around the Indonesian archipelago & Singapore.

Her Official number was 24223 and her callsign was " MYBJ".

I do not know of her fate but will continue to look.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++

Regarding the Lotorium ( 1) , again Lloyds Register does not show her yard number but we have a secret weapon....Tmac1720 should be able to help us there... after all he is the former Archive and Administration Manager with Harland and Wolff Belfast. I'll send him a message.

Best wishes
Patalavaca
Welcome to the crew Rob and happy sailing. Glad to help with any details required whenever the old brain gets stoked up
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Lotorium 1

Just for the record details of Lotorium
Built by Harland and Wolff Belfast yard number 1370 Launched 30th September 1947 delivered 30th December 1947 6490 gross tons for Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co.
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Ahoy Rob,

Welcome aboard, enjoy yourself on this fine ship and her crew, as we do; looking forward to your postings.
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Info I have on ship 1370

Yard No. 1370

Vessel Type Oil Tanker
Built Belfast
Launch Date Tuesday 30 September 1947
Slip Number 3
Launched By Miss Colquhoun
Handover Date Tuesday 30 December 1947
Owner Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company
Weight 6490 grt
BP Length 425 Feet
OA Length 446-2 Feet
Breath 54-3 Feet
No. of Screws Single
Speed (Approx.) 11.5 Knots
Propulsion Single Acting (S.A.) Diesel
Sold for scrap in 1960
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Thanks "the yard",
Now I only need the Engine Maker and Horsepower, Draught, and Actual scrapped date to complete this one.
Her (Lotorium) Official No. was 181812, Call Sign GBLP.
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