|IMO number|| |
|Call sign|| |
|Construction number|| |
|Length overall|| |
|Year of construction|| |
|Year of renaming/broken up|| |
|Service for Shell|| |
1938 to 1960
|William Reid||4th engineer||1945|
|Ken Livingstone||2nd engineer||1951 to 1953||stuk|
|Bill Grant||deck apprentice||1952 to 1953|
|David Barrott||5th engineer||1956 to 1957|
|Brian Crew||apprentice engineer||1956 to 1957|
|Bill Grant||2nd mate||1958 to 1959|
|John P M Cusson||deck apprentice||1958|
|Rodger Laycock||uncertificated 3rd mate||1959|
|01/07/2021 - 15:27||saw615||
My father, Leo Walmsley, wrote a book called 'Invisible Cargo' (published 1952) about a journey he undertook to write an account of oil drilling, transport, and refining in the years immediately after WW2. He sailed as a guest of Anglo-Saxon on the Dorcasia (1) under Capt Byron Jones from Falmouth to Curacao. And wrote extensively about oil drilling in Venezuela, and refining in Curacao, and while the book is thoroughly out of date regarding current knowledge of oil extraction and refining, it provides a fascinating portrait of the oil workers and management, as well as technical information he gathered on the journey. He came back to England on the Theobaldus (skippered by Captain Murray).
|04/25/2016 - 09:26||Vicki Doherty||
I remembered recently that a mate of my father's - Tony Bishop from Strood, England - was (I think) First Mate on the SS Dorcasia, a Shell Tanker that called into Melbourne when I was a child. Our family went to visit him on the ship and had a tour of it. My two vivid memories are being inside the funnel (!) and seeing the rec room with the 'world's largest jigsaw'. The other memory is the 'duty free' goodies we went away with - Customs being non-existent in those carefree days! Someone might remember Tony, who sadly passed away some years ago. Cheers, Vicki, Melbourne Aus.
|08/10/2013 - 04:26||David Barrott||
I remember dry-docking in Bombay and finding the 40ft of bilge keel was missing. I believe it was found on the bottom of the dock at Stanlow.
|05/03/2012 - 19:10||Gregor Addison||
My father Charles Addison served on the MV Dorcasia in the late 50s. He remembers travelling up the River Hooghly in India to Budge Budge and has told me stories of going to Port Sudan, Venezuela, Curacao, and so on. I believe she was Scrapped at Faslane in the 60s. I know he has some photographs taken on the boat.