Completed 1952 as "VELLETIA" for Anglo-Saxon. 1968 scrapped Castellon Spain.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
29.648 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1952 to 1968
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Robert Ford able seaman 1952 to 1953
Dusty Miller able seaman 1952 to 1959
Alan Leathard able seaman 1952 to 1953
Leonard G Wordley catering boy/galley boy 1953
C.j.h. Ennion deck apprentice 1953
Jack Higgs 5th engineer 1953
Brian Sprack assistant steward 1953
Glyn Howell apprentice 1953
James Hitch apprentice engineer 1954
Keith Taylor apprentice engineer 1954
George Bell deck apprentice 1954 to 1955
Thomas Wiffen deck apprentice 1954
John Williams apprentice engineer 1954
John Joseph Mac... able seaman 1955 to 1959
P. M. Hodgson 5th engineer 1955
George Wilson deck apprentice 1956
Eric Norman Sweeney 5th engineer 1956
John Davis. 4th mate 1956 to 1957
P. M. Hodgson 5th engineer 1956
Michael Cox deck 1956 to 1957
Don Bennett deck apprentice 1956 to 1957
Lawrence Lawson... 2nd engineer 1956 to 1958
Tony Roberts apprentice engineer 1956 to 1957
Ian Kenworthy deck apprentice 1957
James George Parker able seaman 1957 to 1958
Ian Ross 2nd mate 1957 to 1958 My last ship with Shell
Brian Crew apprentice engineer 1957
Michael Sanders apprentice engineer 1957 to 1958
William Lomas apprentice engineer 1958
Donald Jones No... chief steward 1959
Harry Thomas junior engineer 1960 to 1961
David Michael Oakley 3rd engineer 1960
Matthew Oddie apprentice engineer 1960
A. Peter Colema... apprentice engineer 1963 to 1964 1st trip
David Spence 2 2nd officer 1963 to 1964
Alistair Montgomery 2nd engineer 1964 to 1965
Chun Wah Kwan steward 1964 to 1966
John H Lightfoot 5th engineer 1964
Robert Ian Fletcher apprentice engineer 1964 to 1965 first trip
Michael Rand 5th engineer, 4th engineer 1965 to 1966 1st trip 5th eng and 1st trip 4th eng
Mike Rich deck apprentice 1965
Peter John Houghton 5th engineer 1965
Michael Rand 5th engineer 1965
Chan Cheuk-yick bridge boy 1965 to 1967
Trevor Cox deck apprentice 1965 to 1966
Michael Rand 5th engineer 1965
King-kwong Mak bridge boy 1965 to 1967
David M Mitchell apprentice engineer 1966
Brian Lindo 5th engineer 1966 1st trip
Michael Rand 4th engineer 1966 1st trip
Philip Longton ... 5th engineer 1966
John A.D. Robertson 5th engineer, 4th engineer 1966 to 1967
Fred Taylor 4th engineer 1967 junior engineer promoted to 4th
Jim Lakeman 3rd engineer 1967 to 1968
Alan Blair 5th engineer 1967
Alan Tunnicliffe 5th engineer 1967 to 1968
James Loughlin radio officer 1967 to 1968
Alan Watson deck apprentice 1967
Alan Blair 4th engineer 1968
Peter Anthony Cocker 3rd officer 1968
Patrick.smyth deck apprentice 1968
Jeffrey Clark unknown 1969


Date Visitor Anecdote
12/05/2013 - 12:31 Robert Ian Fletcher

First trip eng app signed in Rotterdam, then to Palermo for dry dock. The engine room was the next place to hell, boilers leaked more soot and smoke than what went up the stack. Back of the boiler room was inches deep in soot. After one long shut down all eng apps went on strike and refused to go back down again until they had a decent rest.

08/12/2013 - 12:15 Albert Arthur Wild

Signed on the velletia tilbury 9Feb 1957 till 15 May 1957 birkenhead

w ent up the gulf came back round the cape the. canal. Was shut got. To. The
Mersey bar. Change of orders went to Rotterdam then back to the gulf not as good

As. The first trip plagiola. Albert wild

01/08/2011 - 17:31 Ian Kenworthy

Yes, I remember the canal being closed. My first trip on Velletia, Rotterdam to Mena diverted to Las Palmas to add fuel then 6 weeks round the Cape to Mena and 6 weeks back and didn't even have a toothbrush! An unforgettable experience to see Table Mountain from Capetown Bay as we put in to land an injured pumpman.

12/21/2010 - 21:20 Dusty Miller

maiden voyage of veletia laying along side a aircraft carrier haveing just passed my ab ticket aberdan and back good ship nice to of sailed on her

01/23/2009 - 17:04 James George Parker

I was signed on the Velletia in Hamburg as an EDH in Hamberg. We had two weeks anchored off Cowes Isle of Wight with the Volvatella due to the world glut of oil.
Eventually they shut down one boiler and we sailed at 12 knots for Mina Al Amahadi
We loaded 28ooo + tons of oil in six hours. The !st mate was fast. Paid off in Newcastle 11 monthe and ten days later. I still have my wages slip. Happy Days

12/22/2008 - 20:46 Brian Lindo

This being my first trip as a seagoing engineer, I was not quite sure what to expect, but soon learnt that I had the right sense of humour when I was introduced to the term ERRDS, for those that do not know this is the acronym for 'engine room dobie draws'. Apparently the engineer that I relieved wore a pair for seventy eight cosecutive days, they were eventually buried at sea with due ceremony. Anyone remember this from 1966?
This term stuck with me throughout my seagoing days and is still with me even to this day.