Completed 1937 as "SAN CIPRIANO" for Eagle Oil. 1954 scrapped Briton Ferry.

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7.966 ton
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Service for Shell
1937 to 1954
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Name Job Period Details
Hughie Taggart 2nd cook 1940 to 1941
Len Barrett gunner 1942 to 1943 My uncle l/sgt W.W.J. Beldam was the leading gunner kiled on this ship by German bombing on 10 jan 1943 at the Kola inlet near Murmansk. RIP lest we forget.
Robert Thomas Crane 3rd mate 1942
Michael Blackledge junior engineer 1945 to 1947 gordon (my dad was junior engineer on 2 separate voyages)
James Brindley able seaman 1946 to 1947
Robin Scriven Martin assistant steward 1947 to 1948
Albert Redmond 4th engineer 1950 my dad wwas 4th engineer for a few months on the early 1950
Hermand De Werd mess room boy 1952
Jerry Hall junior engineer 1953
Edward Mcniff deck boy 1953
Alexander Dunca... deck boy 1954


Date Visitor Anecdote
10/21/2023 - 15:55 MrD

My great uncle Jack Purvis (Chief Cook) was also killed on this fateful day in 1943.

06/05/2021 - 03:11 Geojayne

Hi, just stumbled across your page this morning on a search for my husbands grandfather and in the search his name appears to have been linked to the sans cipriano. Wondering if there was any way to check if he was on the ship and possibly killed when it was bombed in jan 1943
His name was John dodds born 1910 in South Shields. He was absent in the 1939 census, but his wife was still showing as married. Next record we have for my husbands nana is she remarried in the December of 1943. No one ever spoke of John dodds and unfortunately that side of the family is now long gone.
Ancestry records show nothing of merchant seaman to check if this was possibly him. Hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction please. Thank u

02/07/2014 - 20:04 Roy Kennedy

Update to my previous anecdote. I now have in my possession my father's discharge book. He joined San Cipriano on 27th May 1943, and signed off on 15th July 1943. He obviously wasn't aboard in Jan 1943, as he was then serving on Empire Norseman. His book was brought up to date from official records in 1975, as he didn't have it signed after 28th Dec 1942 when he joined the Norseman. (Empire Norseman was sunk 23rd Feb 1943, see my anecdote for that vessel on her page). My Dad, Ken Kennedy did do a trip to Russia and remembered being shot up
after discharging. He was certain it was in the Cipriano, so does anybody have any details please? Dad crossed the bar on 5th February 2014, aged 91. An old seadog indeed!

10/13/2013 - 12:35 Roy Kennedy

My dad, Ken Kennedy was 3rd mate on the Cipriano when she was bombed. He stood by her when she was repaired on the Tyne. He was asked to stay on board one Saturday afternoon as the ship was going to be used for some scenes in a film.So instead of watching Newcastle United, he helped the film company by ringing the engine room telegraph for the soundtrack of the film. The Cipriano was also filmed as she sailed to join her next convoy. The film was released as "San Demetrio London" and is still shown on television, and has been available on dvd. That is why in the opening scenes, "San Demetrio" appears in an all grey livery instead of her original wartime livery of black hull and grey upperworks.

08/29/2010 - 22:10 Stuart Bowlerwell

My grandfather was 2nd Officer T. Roy Bowlerwell who sailed on the San Ciriano when it was bombed just outside Murmansk on 10th January 1943. Thanks to his quick reactions to the warning sounded by a apprentice (Mr. C. Fookes) and his following actions, he was awarded an MBE. Mr. Fookes, who stopped the ammunition room exploding by tipping the red-hot shell boxes into the flood water, was awarded the George Medal.

I've known for years that my grandad had an MBE, but it wasn't until my dad found some Eagle Oil documentation that we discovered - via local press reports - just what happened. Thanks to their actions, many lives were saved and the San Cipriano sailed again.

08/14/2009 - 16:22 Ken Hughes

I served on the San Cipriano as mess room boy in 1952 and remember that in a 6 month trip we had 49 engine room breakdowns.On one of these stops in the Indian Ocean we sighted sharks so some of the deck crowd got a piece of liver from the cook put it on a line with a meat hook and threw it over the side nothing happened for a while although the sharks were getting closer then one took the bait and the sailors hauled it on board and tied it to a awning spar,it was fighting all the time,they then cut its belly open and threw it back into the sea and the other sharks tore it to bits,as a young lad on only my 2nd trip to sea it frightened the life out of me.