Completed 1945 as Council Crest for U.S.M.C. 1947 purchased by STUK and renamed "TROCHURUS". 8-1959 laid-up Lough Swilly. 3-1962 scrapped Port Glasgow.

Also known as
Council Crest
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
16.478 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1947 to 1962
Flag state
Home port




Date Visitor Anecdote
01/16/2017 - 00:52 Alexander Alex ...

Trochurus was one of quite a few T2 tankers lying of Queensferry Scotland waiting on crews.I and quite a few others from Grangemouth pool signed on in the town of Linlithgow on the 24 July 1958. I was SoS at the time.
We sailed within a day or two and made our way to the West Indies (or was it the east coast of the States)
Being only 18 at the time I felt I had the world at my feet. The weather was kind to us thro-out the 2 monthe we were aboard, so lost of bronzying and larking around with my mates.
We paid off on the 26 September 1958 in Middlesbrough and went our seperate ways. Said goodby to many friends but kept the memories.
Tonight I watched a movie called THE FINEST HOURS which was the true story of a T2 tanker called the Pendleton which broke in half during a storm, some 20 miles from the Nantucket area, Eastern seaboard of the States and how the Engineers and firemen managed to ground the aft section on a shaol and were rescued by a lifeboat from the lifeboat station.
I started telling my son and wife about my time on a T2 tanker and now that they are in bed my thoughts brought me to look up info on the Trochurus.
I will never forget my time at sea. Wonderful years and mates you would give your life for.

01/07/2013 - 09:28 John Dakin

I was a pupil at Crantock Street Primary School in Newuay, Cornwall, and asa part of a Geography project, we "adopted" the TES Trochurus, and wrote to it's Captain and crew. Captain Ham from Maesteg, in South Wales, came to visit us, with his sons, (one called Cedric) It was very interesting at that time to learn about places that oil tankers visited in those days, long before the internet and other communication methods available today.

Captain Ham must now have passed on as this was over 60 years ago - but I have often wondered what happened to the ship, and wonder if Cedric Ham is still alive ?