San Cirilo

About

Completed 1937 as San Cirilo for Eagle Oil. 21-3-1942 heavily damaged by a Japanese submarine torpedo attack south of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). She managed to reach port and was repaired. 1955 Sold to the Price Soc. per Asioni di Nav, Italy. Renamed Sportivo, 1957 converted to a bulk carrier. 1971 scrapped.

Information
Also known as
Sportivo
IMO number
5337018
Call sign
893
Construction number
893
Tonnage
12.000 ton
Beam
18m
Length overall
134m
Year of construction
1937
Year of renaming/broken up
1971
Service for Shell
1937 to 1955
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
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Sailors

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
01/30/2018 - 02:36 M West

I believe my uncle,William West, was tragically lost on the San Cirilo (my late father's twin brother). I would like to know if anyone knows of him.

12/31/2016 - 09:33 Desmond Doyle

21/3/42 - Heavily damaged by a Japanese submarine torpedo attack south of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). She managed to reach port and was repaired. 1955 Sold to the Price Soc. per Asioni di Nav, Italy. Renamed Sportivo, 1957 converted to a bulk carrier.

09/21/2015 - 15:29 Nicky Hillis

My dad William Robert Hillis [ Robin ] served on the San Cirilo and was on the trip when the boiler explosion occurred , he spoke at length of the aftermath and clearing up the bodies and then stitching closed the body bags most of the poor souls had literally been boiled alive . He received an allowance from the company for quite some time afterwards for his endeavours after this incident .

05/13/2009 - 17:21 Jim Rollinson

I boarded San Cirilo along with two other engineers from TES Thalamus after the boiler explosion aboard Cirilo in the South Atlantic in April 1955. Only the Chief Engineer and two firemen had survived the explosion. We made the necessary repairs and sailed the ship into Trinidad. The Chief and I took a watch of 6hours and the 3rd engineer (who I think was Thomas Pursey from the North East) and the 5th from Thalamus did the other watch all over a period of three days.
Thalamus stood by until we approached Trinidad and then sailed on to Curacao. After one night in Trinidad we flew to Curacao to rejoin Thalamus. We then sailed for Punta Cardon to load then the long trip to Singapore via Durban
The cause of the explosion was a badly leaking condenser feeding salt water into the boiler.

02/24/2009 - 10:30 Ken Gifford

While in Shell tanker "Neocardia" in the mid 1950s we were informed of a boiler explosion on Eagle Oil tanker "San Cirilo". Does anyone know of this incident?