Completed 1959 as "SAN GASPAR" for Eagle Tanker. 1960 purchased by STUK. 1964 renamed "VERTAGUS". 1-10-1975 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.

Also known as
San Gaspar
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
33.835 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1960 to 1975
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
David E.c. Read 2nd mate 1964 to 1965
Graham Walden 4th engineer 1965 to 1966
Jeff Day deck apprentice 1966
Derek Balmer apprentice 1966
Roy Tubbs apprentice engineer 1966 to 1967
Peter John Houghton 4th engineer 1966 to 1967
Eric John Brunning junior ordinary seaman 1966 to 1967
Thomas Nugent engineer 1966
Peter Watters efficient deckhand 1967
Mel Peel 4th engineer 1967 to 1968
Kenneth Tong catering boy/galley boy 1967 to 1968
Brian Lavender radio officer 1968 to 1969
John A.D. Robertson 3rd engineer 1968
Paul Webster able seaman 1968 to 1969
Bernard Jackson engineer 1968
Bernard Teale 5th engineer 1969
Steven Seymour assistant steward 1969 to 1970
Tony Robson pantryboy 1969 to 1970
Allan J. Mckay 5th engineer 1970 to 1971 1st trip
Alan Knight deck apprentice 1970
Bernard Reynolds chief officer 1970
Jim Ryan Sigma4 supernumerary 1970 wife of r/o
Peter John Eastick assistant steward 1970 to 1972
Peter Gill 2 deck apprentice 1970
Martin Murdoch engineer cadet 1970 to 1971 1st trip, from Singapore
Jim Ryan Sigma4 radio officer 1970
Des Mclindon deck apprentice 1970 to 1971
Brian E. Foster 2nd mate 1971 to 1972
Thomas P. Hughes 2nd officer 1971
Alan Robinson 3rd engineer 1971 to 1972
Ron Miller 2nd mate 1972
Ian Coulman 2nd officer 1972
Peter M Morgan uncertificated 3rd mate 1972
David Ward engineer cadet 1972 Skaramanga dry dock 1972 July
Malcolm Mac Donald 5th engineer 1972
Robin Buncombe 4th engineer 1972
Capt Dave Freeman deck cadet 1973
John Jack Raine 4th engineer 1973 to 1974
Brian Lindo 3rd engineer 1973
Dave Freeman deck cadet 1973 to 1978
Chris Johnson deck cadet 1973
Fan Yan Hing steward 1974 to 1975
Rogerpalmer 2nd engineer 1974
Eric Freeman 3rd engineer 1974 last trip
Ian Coulman chief officer 1975
John Howarth able seaman 1975
Richard Graham ... 2nd mate 1975
Ian Jones engineer cadet 1975
Fred Richardson engineer cadet 1975
Richard O'neill chief radio officer 1976 to 1977


Date Visitor Anecdote
06/22/2013 - 18:02 Kenneth Tong

We all went ashore in genoa Italy and I forgot my money and in genoa u tie up by the aft and u have to get a boat back and there was not one so I climb back on board by the aft ropes then missed the the lads in the bar and got mug and stabbed and ended up no cloths or money good hay

04/17/2013 - 13:27 Rogerpalmer

Some good times had on this ship, great crew all round, Ch. Eng.Phill (Uncle Phill) Hogarth & Capt.Salt. Water. Taylor. Anyone recall this time on Vertagus.Negative replies not reguired.

03/17/2011 - 19:31 Chris Johnson

Joined Jan 1973 in Singapore.Left June 73 in Singapore.Captain Annett gave us all a hard time.Interesting visit to buoys off Sriracha.Deck cadets given job of fending off visitors!!No chance......

02/10/2011 - 20:22 Tony Robson

I joined the Vertagus in Niigata Japan January 1969. I was 17 straight from NSTS.
Sailed on the ship for 14 months, and signed off in Belfast March 1970.
Countries we sailed to were, India,South Africa-Durban-Port Elizibeth Cape Town. Aden....
I was a pantry boy. My mate who joined with me was from Croyden. Met him at the NSTS and flew out with each other to join the ship. His name was Pete Roe. have not seen him since ( would like to get in contact with him )He was the Galley boy. Second cook was called Rosie ( No prizes for guessing why )

05/26/2009 - 22:54 John Bernard

I jioned the vertagus at falmouth 26.7.67 in dry dock we sighed on for 6 mounths we headed of two the far east .kewait,INDIA,BOMBAY AND Butchers island back two Kewait then down two Geelone Astralia back two Kewait headed two singapore we got into a hurricain it was pritty fritning,we went back two kewait then we headed back down the Indian Osean we had xmas there on board the vertagas we had good xmas, we stopped south africa then headed up the Adlantic to rotterdam,pick a load for the UK,It was very cold after being away in the warm sun it was v good trip,i sighed up as c/boy we sighed of 29 january 1968

04/07/2009 - 11:07 Steven Seymour

i was only on the vertagus for one age was only obout 19
so i was a bit knave. the second steward did not like me, so he put in
a bad report on me
so when i got back to england i got the sack.
i would love to get in touch with him, but i dont no his name.
when i was on board we were sailing between durban south africa,
and the persian gulf.
well thats it for now steven seymour ex steward