Eastern Shell (1)

About

Completed 1932 as Lakeshell for Shell Canada. Originally built for Dominion Tankers. 1942 acquired by Shell and renamed Eastern Shell in 1950. 1969 renamed Fuel Marketer. 1970 renamed Western Shell. 1971 sold to Big D Line and renamed Alfred Cytaki. 1974 scrapped Hamilton.

Also known as
Lakeshell
Fuel Marketer
Western Shell
Alfred Cytaki
IMO number
5096195
Call sign
VDBM
Construction number
1426
Tonnage
2.760 ton
Beam
13m
Length overall
79m
Year of construction
1932
Year of renaming/broken up
1974
Service for Shell
1932 to 1971
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
David Roulston 2nd cook and baker 1954 to 1955
Alan Henderson deckhand 1957
Frank Anstead watchman 1959 to 1960
Peter Taylor deckhand 1965 to 1968
Michel Ronda deckhand/watchman 1967 to 1970
Robert M. Shokoff deckhand 1968 to 1969

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
10/08/2015 - 21:33 David Roulston

Captain Williamson was the skipper. During that year we endured that devastating hurricane "Hazel" which caused such damage to Toronto. Fortunately we found a sheltered spot, but lots of boats went down.

03/23/2015 - 01:33 Alan Henderson

a??I was a deckhand on the Eastern Shell in 1958 and the Lake Shell in 1959. Loved the experience but realized it wasn't a career for me. I met great people and had the opportunity to see most of the busiest harbours on the Great Lakes.

If my surname has a familiar ring it's because my father, Stuart, was fleet captain of Shell's sea-going fleet.

There were many memorable experiences negotiating all the small locks between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River on the many voyages between the refineries in Montreal East and storage tanks near Toronto's Cherry Street.

You sure woke up in a hurry when in the middle of the night you were swung out on a boom so you could be ashore to help winch the ship through the locks.

You had a special treat when you suddenly got to meet the welcoming committee of drunks and derelicts in 'Lousy Acres' between Locks 1 and 2 in Montreal's Lachine Canal.

Who can forget the thrill at learning that beer came in quart bottles in Quebec? Or how your head would swirl as you raced back from a lock-side hotel on a hot day after rushing to finish two quarts before the ship left for the next lock.

I was aboard the Lake Shell when it was among the first to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. What a dream that was negotiating about seven locks compared to almost 30 in the old system. In December that year the Lake Shell had to be helped through massive ice jams on the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Montreal. Because of the ice several foreign ships had to winter in Montreal.

Can't imagine there are too many left but I sure would love to hear from anyone from that era.

09/15/2013 - 14:10 Peter Taylor

We were running aviation gas from Montreal to Goose Bay. New deckhand thought that by keeping his lit cigarette under his coat as he went aft for dinner that there wouldn't be a problem... Needless to say, he only made one trip with us!

On another trip, we came out of Hamilton Inlet and lost both our radio and radar. Standing iceberg watch was both miserable and terrifying!

Another great memory of stopping and jigging for cod. In about 20 minutes we had enough to last until we got back to Montreal.

A great ship and a great crew.

I spent three summers on the Eastern Shell and have great memories. It helped me pay my tuition!