Completed 1939 as "SAN ELISEO" for Eagle Oil. 18-5-1942 torpedoed by U156. Repaired. 1963 scrapped Bilbao.

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8.042 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1939 to 1963
Flag state
Home port




Date Visitor Anecdote
02/08/2022 - 17:30 Bokie

Hi I signed on in Copenhagen in November on a really cold evening, the bloke at the Pool in London telling a one tripper. Almost a year later walked down the gangway in Tyne dock. But that ship and the crew made it one of the best trips ever .During that trip we travelled all over the and then some. First port of call Casablanca were we dropped off a young deckle with appendicitis next the old cook who had a bevie problem that was in Trinidad, we got new cook and went on to Havana then headed for Bermuda .There while in the pantry we herd this loud wooshing sound, rushing on deck to see a 20 foot fountain of pink fuel comming out of one of the tanks.I have never seen a second officer do some low flying ashore into the shore pumping shed , the fountain subsided and im here to tell the tail. Only 2nd and I and the shore gang know about this.

11/12/2015 - 04:47 Brian Whalley

My father, Norman Whalley, was an officer on this ship when it was torpedoed in May 1942. He told me no one slept on that ship for 3 days until they nursed the ship to Barbados. After temporary repairs the ship sailed to Mobile , Al for more thorough repairs. The crew stayed at the Battle House hotel in Mobile for several months while awaiting completion of the repairs to the ship. In September of 1942 my father met a beautiful young hostess at the hotel and they fell in love and got married on 01/02/43 and were happily married for over 58 years until he passed in 2001.

05/18/2015 - 22:40 Michael George ...

I joined and sailed on the San Eliseo for the same voyages as Peter-Hay Smith. This was my happiest year at sea as we sailed the tropics from West Indies to South America and West Africa for the whole time. As we were carrying light refined fuel oils we spent up to five day's in port at a time and five day's in Rio for a nineteen year old were memorable.

01/13/2012 - 21:55 Peter Hay-smith

Joined San Eliseo in drydock at South Shields 21.01.58 for 13 months 1 week under command of Capt. T.J. Magee. Summary of my 'sightbook' log shows we covered some 74,000 miles at an average speed of 10.56 knots, visiting 15 countries mainly in West Africa, West Indies and South America (east coast). Slow but a happy ship.
Peter Hay-Smith, 2nd. Officer.

11/27/2011 - 10:12 John Ian Allan

My father served his apprenticship in Kincaids engine works building the engines for this ship and then sailed with her when she was completed.