Completed 1955 as "HEMIGLYPTA" for STUK. 1964-1972 operated for Shell Australia. 22-7-1975 arrived Kaohsiung for scrapping.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
19.349 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1955 to 1975
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Nicholas John Ryan pantryboy 1956
Thomas Lockyer ... 5th engineer 1956 to 1957
Robert Dennis W... deck boy/junior ordinary seaman 1957
Albert Bishop assistant steward 1957
Alistair Montgomery apprentice engineer 1957
Peter Long 2nd steward 1957
Brian Crew apprentice engineer 1957
Brian Scanlan efficient deckhand 1958
Ian Livingstone 4th engineer 1958
Charles Bryan seaman 1959 to 1960
David Gibson fireman/watertender 1959 to 1960 fireman/watertender -p/pumpman
Bernard Fendt 5th engineer 1959
Alan Ginger Gibson steward/messman 1959 to 1960 steward in the petty officers mess
Neil W. Ogilvie 2nd engineer 1960 to 1961
Ronald L. Holmes ordinary seaman 1961 to 1962 deck boy/ordinary seaman
Douglas Baker seaman 1961 to 1962
Alan Greig 5th engineer 1962 to 1963
David Peplow crew messman 1962 to 1963
David Peplow assistant steward 1962
Geoff Walker assistant steward 1962
Geoff Dixon deck apprentice 1962 to 1963
David C. Richmond 4th engineer, 3rd engineer 1963 to 1964
Ken Graham 5th engineer 1963 to 1964
Ian Walker catering boy 1963
Paul Newman deck boy 1963 to 1965
Peter Barratt 2nd engineer 1963 to 1964
John P M Cusson 2nd officer 1964
Gerald W Brown 4th engineer 1964
Tom Hamilton 5th engineer 1964
Ian Black deck cadet 1967
John Malivoire 4th engineer 1967 to 1972
Dennis Jarvie able seaman 1967 to 1968
Nick Baxter engineer cadet 1972
Andy Crooke 3rd engineer 1972 to 1973
Alan Platt 5th engineer 1972
Robert Clark junior engineer 1972
Peter Matthews chief engineer 1973 to 1974
Alasdair Maclean engineer cadet 1973
David J Wilson engineer cadet 1974
John H Rutherford engineer cadet 1974
Leslie Payne 4th engineer 1974
Brian Sanders engineer cadet 1975
Noel Hutton steward 1975
PJM 5th engineer 1975 Joined this ship in UAE went to dry dock in Singapore with her, joined a rust bucket but left a fine looking ship. She was only two years older than me


Date Visitor Anecdote
01/26/2017 - 13:37 Douglas Baker

Joined Hemiglpta at Immingham dry dock mid July 1961 this was my first trip,almost 16 years old, what we thought was to be a 4month trip turned out to be almost 13 months, but what a trip! Around the world to so many country's and ports, amazing crew and many laughs. Sailed with Ron Holmes on that trip,sadly Ron passed away probably 2 years ago.RIP old shipmate.

07/13/2010 - 18:24 Bernard Fendt

I was a 5th engineer. This was the hardest worked 8 months of my life by far. The following are typical of what occurred so often in that time. 1) Leaving Balikpapan the Generator tripped. We shut down the engines as fast as we could. As soon as the luboil pump was going again, a senior person started up the main engines without the usual checks and had to shut down again immediately as plumes of smoke arose from the main bearings. There followed 3 weeks of rotor lifting, bearing scraping and other maintenance in 60deg C, on a 13 on / 11 off 24/7 routine. 2)Another time the main condenser Shipside 20" valve rubber bellows burst pouring hundreds of gallons per minute into the engine room. Typical of this ship's lack of maintenance planning, the valve had not been moved in months, possibly years. After my mate and I gained a hernia and a torn muscles for we finally closed it with sea water above the plates up to our ankles. 3)From my cabin I heard an awful explosion coming from the engine room. The nearest engine room w/t door handle was too hot to open. I finally entered the engine room via the steering flat. A sootblower steam pipe (500degC and 500psi) had burst and the noise was indescribable. The second engineer, risking his life, climbed to the boiler top and somehow closed the main stop valve.

07/26/2009 - 18:43 Nicholas John Ryan

I joined the Hemiglypta in the spring of 1956. I was a gangly 16yr old fresh from
the M.N. training school in Sharpness, Gloucestershire. I had never been very far from home other than a trip from my home in Liverpool to the Isle Of Man. Apart from this my 'seagoing experience' consisted of crossing the river Mersey on a ferry boat!
Nevertheless, I enjoyed my time on the Hemiglypta as she was a good ship with single cabins and even a swimming pool on the aft upper deck! Happy days.
I would be pleased to hear from any other ex-crew members who may have been on board around this time.

03/24/2009 - 10:50 Ronald L. Holmes

The crew had been invited to a party,by a middle aged "Lady",and her friends, at an old house close to town in Melbourne.The party was in full swing,when two firemen decided they both wanted to take the same"Lady" to bed,after much pushing and shoving,JOCK turned to me,and after removing his glass eye said "Here hold this while I sort this B****** out".After I calmed them both down I think they decided they didn't want her anyway.