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For all you Shell enthuiasts -
The book 'Sea Shell' by Stephen Howarth is listed on e-Bay.
Item number 8402267939. (It's a UK listing)
This is the Story of shell's British Tanker Fleets 1892-1992
I have a copy and it is well worth having.

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Jim, Had the book for some time now. Very well put together. Another good Shell read is the book TANKERMAN. It is written by Capt. Dick Williams and covers his recollections of his career with Shell. Sure brings back memories. Colin
 

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Hello Colin
I'll have to look for that one..
Also worth mention is 'The Anglo-Saxon/Shell Tankers by N.L.Middlemiss.
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sea shell is great i got a free copy from shell when my son tried finding out about my time with shell like you say brings back fond memories and makes you wonder what happened to the mates you sailed with.
 

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Well Calvin..... that's why we're all addicted to this site mate....
I reckon this is a good opportunity for me to say thanks to all who run the site and participate in it.
I'm at the point now when I mention 'going to check e-mail' the better half frowns and just replies 'yes dear' now there's a switch...
Keep up the good work
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mclean said:
Jim, Had the book for some time now. Very well put together. Another good Shell read is the book TANKERMAN. It is written by Capt. Dick Williams and covers his recollections of his career with Shell. Sure brings back memories. Colin
Colin
Searching 'tankerman' and 'Capt Dick Williams' comes up with a multitude of hits. Do you have any further info on the book - publisher. ISBN etc ??
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Jim MacIntyre said:
Colin
Searching 'tankerman' and 'Capt Dick Williams' comes up with a multitude of hits. Do you have any further info on the book - publisher. ISBN etc ??
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Jim Mac
Jim, Just spoke with Dick Williams, who is 78 now and resides in Eastern Canada. The book is out of print now, however I would gladly forward my copy to you if you wish. Please let me know. Regards Colin
 

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Very kind of you Colin I'll PM details.
Do you have the Middlemiss book on Anglo-Saxon/Shell tankers ??
If not I can send it to you. That one shows up on Amazon once in a while..
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Jim MacIntyre said:
Very kind of you Colin I'll PM details.
Do you have the Middlemiss book on Anglo-Saxon/Shell tankers ??
If not I can send it to you. That one shows up on Amazon once in a while..
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Jim MacIntyre
Jim, Pleased to forward to you within the next day or so. will look around for the Middlemiss book and if cannot find will give you a shout. Regards Colin
 

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Tankerman.

Glad to hear that Capt.Williams is still around though surprised to hear he is in Canada. Thought he was a Welshman through and through!!!
I was R/O on Opalia in 1975 when he joined off Las Palmas to take over from Capt.Lumsden. Opalia was then bound for UK from Gulf and Mombasa on her first trip as a Cadet Ship.
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Glad to hear that Capt.Williams is still around though surprised to hear he is in Canada. Thought he was a Welshman through and through!!!
I was R/O on Opalia in 1975 when he joined off Las Palmas to take over from Capt.Lumsden. Opalia was then bound for UK from Gulf and Mombasa on her first trip as a Cadet Ship.
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HI Braighe, Capt. Williams is doing well, and living in Elora Ontario. He lives in close proximity to Dick Lowe, a retired Ch.Engineer from shell with whom he had sailed with. Regards Colin
 

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I got a complimentary copy of Seashell sent to me by Shell Ship Management IOM,a couple of years ago.I love it.I showed my family some of the pictures of the ships I worked on as well as my own pictures.I particularly liked the stuff they had on the Drupa up in the Brent and also the Achatina.
Very good memories............of bygone days.
If anyone needs any pics of Litiopa, Achatina, Drupa I have some.Email me.
Another good source is helderline.com
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nice book shame it forgets to mention how they replaced 90% of British Ratings in 1991 after we all watched a video of the future of the shell fleet.
 

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hi nice to know how they also got rid of catering and general purpose crewsmain answer like all of the great red duster fleets we ended up surplace to requirement
 

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Calvin wrote :Sea Shell is great

I agree with that. I managed to get a copy recently. Towards the end of the book there is a picture of Zidona opposite the Sydney Opera House and the caption says that she is leaving Sydney. My reading of the picture is that she absolutely must be heading inwards, going to Gore Bay. Everything in the picture dictates that, including the trace of the ship's wake trailing astern.

The sad pictures are the ones of the breakers' beaches.

I think that there are at least two ships missing from the fleet list. In the early 1950s I know that we had two Empire ships, Tescombe and Tesbury, and only one is there. Also we had San Melito in the Anglo-Saxon fleet and she doesn't appear. I recall that she was quite large for her day.

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San Melito 12286 tons built 1914 by Palmers at Newcastle. 530.0 x 66.5 x 33.5.
Quadruple up & downer by the shipbuilders. DF, Code flags GQXM British flag, Registered London. Owned by Anglo Saxon Pet; Co;
 

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San Melito, Built 1914 for Eagle Oil Transport Company Ltd.
Damaged 21/07/1915 by Submarine, 70 miles S W of The Lizard, from London to Mexico loaded. WW 1 callsign JFLN.
She surviived WW 1 & 2 and was laid-up in the River Blackwater in 1945.
Scrapped 1954.
For my research, When did she transfer to Anglo Saxon? and what did she do between 1945 and 1954. Anyone have any more info?
 

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136669 San Melito. ss 16,280 dwt. Built by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne. Launched, March 12th 1914, by Lady Murray of Elibank. Delivered, April 28th 1914. Twice attacked by German submarines during First World War. First, on August 21st 1915, about sixty miles south of Lizard, the San Melito (Master, Capt J. D. Jackson) was shelled by German submarine U 38 (Kapitanleutnant Max Valentiner), but escaped with loss of one life; this action is described in Chapter III. Secondly, on May 2nd 1917, off the Orkneys when she was chased by German submarine U 49 (Kapitanleutnant Hartmann). The German report states that at 19.00 on May 2nd a ship was sighted to port steaming on a reciprocal course. U 49 pursued on the surface and at 21.40 dived to attack; but just before a torpedo could be fired the steamer veered round unexpectedly. There was a heavy swell and the submarine broke surface close astern of the steamer, which immediately opened fire with her gun. At 22.25 U 49 surfaced but darkness and the heavy swell made it impracticable to engage the steamer with gunfire. The San Melito (Master, Capt H. J. Mitchell) continued her course of 090 deg. at maximum speed and reached Kirkwall safely the following day. The San Melito traded throughout the Second World War mainly in the South Atlantic without encountering enemy action. Sold, May 20th 1946, to The Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd for use as a hulk at Gibraltar. Resold, May 7th 1954, to British Iron and Steel Corp (Salvage) Ltd for breaking up.
 

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Sea Shell

Like several others, I was delighted to receive a complimentary copy of Stephen Howarth's book.

As always, of course, there are errors but the overall book is great. Has anyone really looked at that compass rose on the dust jacket ? I can see three errors in it, I think. For starters, one point is labelled as E by E. Two other points are identical, one being right and one being wrong. Then there is SWS instead of WSW.

>If anyone needs any pics of Litiopa, Achatina, Drupa I have some.Email me.

Were you on Achatina Pete ? If so, can you recall the shell in the display cabinet. My research suggests that the Achatina was a giant African land shell and not a sea shell at all. Another one, mentioned in Sea Shell, is the Caprella. A search on Google shows that a caprella is a shrimp, not a shell. Anyone with recollections on those ?

Mike
 
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