Completed 1945 as "BORUS" for STUK. 10-1964 scrapped Hong Kong.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
5.168 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1945 to 1964
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Robert Franzoni 2nd officer 1949 to 1950 2ieme lieutenant
Scotto Di Vettimo marine officer 1952 marin
Jim Gallacher 5th engineer 1953
John B. Heazlewood 4th engineer 1958
John Wolfe junior engineer 1958
Fred Ovington 5th engineer 1959 to 1960
Desmond Doyle master 1960 to 1961
Peter Crotty 4th engineer 1960 to 1961
John Garland 3rd mate 1961 to 1962
David E.c. Read 2nd mate 1962 to 1963


Date Visitor Anecdote
08/19/2011 - 21:24 Fred Ovington

Many moons ago,july 1960,i joined mv borus in dry dock in Singapore.It proved to be quite an experience sailing around Indonesia and Malaya.One event always stands out in my mind.On one visit to Balikpapan we had the job of taking the body of an eningeer,shot by rebels, back to his home in Djkarta.My cabin was on starboard side next to hospital,imagine my dreams!By the time we reached Djakarta, all engineers were sleeping down aft in smokeroom.The body was not well preserved, so we had quite a stench before reaching port.It took a few days after wards to clear the pong from the accomodation,it even reached the 'mates' cabins but they could not leave the bridge area. Incidentally we always sailed past the old San Flaviano resting there.
I often wonder what is left of her.

02/03/2009 - 16:16 David Read

I was 2nd Mate on the Borus, the Eastern Fleet in 1962/63. One port we visited many times was Tjilatjap on the southern coast of Java we were known as The Tjilatjap Express and also The Bouncing Borus (becuase of the 3 cylinder doxford) and The Porous Borus. One time going into Tjilatjap the engine started giving trouble, we asked the pilot if we could turn round and go back out, we were just approaching the entrance. The pilot said no problem we put her hard over and ran aground to the east of the entrance and were there for 5 days on the edge of an old Japanese mine field. We were loaded with gasoline and kerosine. The only time we had seen no swell from the south, lucky. Another Shell tanker finally came and unloaded half the cargo before we got her afloat and that ship did more damage than running aground as it was then that the swell started to pick up. The locals sure thought it was funny when we finally went alongside.

02/03/2009 - 10:50 Scotto Di Vettimo

mon premier petrolier de la Shell annee 1952
pendant 6 mois avec le commandant Duchamp
rendu aux Anglais chez Dubigeon (Bretagne Loire Atlantique 1952