Completed 1957 as "VITRINA" for STUK. 1974 sold Independent Shipping Singapore and renamed Cherry King. 7-6-1978 arrived Kaohsiung for scrapping.

Also known as
Cherry King
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
32.078 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1957 to 1974
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Ray Grass able seaman
Hugh M Macleod 5th engineer 1956
Bill Endicott catering boy/galley boy 1957 to 1958
Arthur Tuffee apprentice engineer 1957
Tony Mason 3rd mate 1957 to 1958
Robert Preston apprentice engineer 1958
John Shellien engineer cadet 1958 to 1959
Peter Hamilton deck cadet 1958
Bruce Harper deck apprentice 1958 to 1959
Harold Aspinall extra 4th engineer 1958
Barry Williams assistant steward 1959 to 1960
Alec Provan 2nd mate 1959 to 1960
Peter Graham 4th officer 1959
Mervyn King 5th engineer 1959 to 1960
David Coldwell apprentice deck officer 1960 Ist Trip, February to July
Richard James Ayres deck boy 1960 to 1964
David Coldwell apprentice deck officer 1960 Ist Trip
Brian Tony Withers 4th mate 1960 to 1961
Edward Riedy ordinary seaman 1960
Jim Mcgregor ass/std 1961 to 1962
Peter Barratt 5th engineer 1961 to 1962
Charles Peter R... able seaman 1961
Malcolm Little crew messman 1961 to 1962
Harold Harvey efficient deckhand 1962 to 1963
Peter Graham 3rd officer 1962 to 1963
Mike Marcanik 2nd radio officer 1962
Richard Hindle 4th engineer 1963 to 1964
John Chapman 3 extra 4th engineer 1963 to 1964 maintenance duties extra 4th engineer
Ian F. Boon chief officer 1963
Brian Charles P... 2nd steward 1964 to 1965
N. Wilson radio officer 1964 radio officer, 1st
Jim Ryan Sigma4 junior radio officer 1964
Dave Ellery deck boy/junior ordinary seaman 1964 to 1965
Barry Parley 2nd radio officer 1965
Ken Wood deck apprentice 1965 to 1966
Len Mazza 2nd steward 1965
Fred Ambrosius deck boy 1965
Brian Dootson apprentice engineer 1966 to 1967
Ken Hart 2nd engineer 1966 to 1967
Ed Cuthill 3rd engineer 1966
Chris Nind 4th engineer 1966 to 1967
John Pegden catering boy 1967
Jerry Cassels radio officer 1967
James W. Crosby po mechanic 1967
Joe Clint able seaman 1967 to 1968
Tony Stevens 3rd engineer 1967
David Edwards radio officer 1968 to 1969
John Brooks efficient deckhand 1968
Robert Gorge Hall catering boy 1968 to 1969
James Preston Barnes senior ordinary seaman 1968 to 1969
Pieter Koops 2nd mate 1968
Tony Stevens 3rd engineer 1969
David Cumming 4th engineer 1969 to 1970
Brian Perry fireman/greaser 1969 fg
Alan Green pantryboy 1969
Charles Rose 2nd cook and baker 1969 to 1970
Jeffrey Davies extra 4th engineer 1969
Geoff Donnelly deck cadet 1970
Christopher Hornby 4th engineer 1970
Terence Stephen... senior ordinary seaman 1970 to 1971
Alan Knight 3rd mate 1971
Phillip Tickle po mechanic 1971
Ken Clark 5th engineer 1971 to 1972
Billy Brown junior ordinary seaman, senior ordinary seaman 1971 to 1972
Roy Tubbs 4th engineer 1971
Jonathan Rushton deck cadet 1972
Alasdair Maclean engineer cadet 1972
Peter Andrew Chapman catering boy 1972
Terence Stephen... senior ordinary seaman 1972 to 1973
Philip Longton ... 2nd engineer 1972 to 1973
Keith Ideson engineer cadet 1972 to 1973
Terry Crook 4th engineer, 3rd engineer 1972 to 1974
John Veitch chief officer 1972
David Pritchard 5th engineer 1973 to 1974
Damian Trodden catering boy/galley boy 1973
Lawrence Lawson... 2nd engineer 1973 to 1974
Andy Robbins catering boy 1973
Alan Hill third officer 1973
Robin Macleod deck cadet 1973
Mike Fred Fryer pumpman 1973
Jeff Smith chef kok 1973 to 1974
Robin Buncombe 3rd engineer 1973 to 1974
Peter Drummond pumpman 1974 to 1975


Date Visitor Anecdote
07/05/2017 - 01:58 Fred Ambrosius

aI joined her in Rotterdam March 65 to sail to Mina al Ahmadi in Kuwait in the Persian gulf via the Suez canal. At that time the Middle East conflick was going on between the Israeli and the Egyptians We got stuck in the middle at the Bitter Lakes while jets shooting and bombing were going on around us! The Egyptians complain that they were only using old Lee Enfield rifles to stop the invaders and the Israeli's were cheating by using high tech weapons! We got out of there all right but after that we had to go around the long way via Capetown, pulling in there to bunker. Eight months I was on there to go to Europe to the Middle East to the far East carrying mostly crude oil. An experience for a sixteen year old.

03/08/2013 - 11:52 Brian Tony Withers

Imagine, Ivan the Terrible and Black Morgan on the same ship !!!! Thank you Alec Provan for saving my sanity.

03/03/2013 - 15:27 Andy Robbins

My first boat out of Gravesend training. My lasting memory is in 72-73 sailing from Singapore to New Zealand, when we hit a storm and started taking in water. Never did get to NZ (then or since) as we had to limp back to Singers for repairs.I didnt realise until looking up this site that the boat was so old and nearing the end of its days.

11/04/2012 - 21:18 Ray Grass

remember my time on board very well...opened my knee up on one of the many broken tiles in the swimming pool..and we spent more time drifting from the gulf to rotterdam with boiler breakdowns and got fined in melbourne for leaks,spent more time making cement boxes than seamanship! loved it tho

04/09/2012 - 15:45 James Preston Barnes

Strange voyage 6 months mostly between west indies north america no central heating or cooling differing weather between north and south, quite a few paid off through sickness and a couple straight jackets what a trip out of original crew only about a third or less did the full trip. had some laughs but I was still young and inexperienced you might say, sprung some rivets in bad weather didnt know till filling tanks in one port when oil was noticed in the harbour, if i remember correctly they got divers to plug the holes??? survived to try one more tanker the Haminella Vietnam lol

03/03/2010 - 05:43 Terence Stephen...

We were in Sydney harbour and the harbour master reported an oil slick around us, so we spend 2 days over the side applying 5 minute epoxy around the rivets to stop the oil from leaking out.

09/13/2009 - 03:21 Len Mazza

A nice ship but a lousey run.The Gulf ,indonisia, no shore leave,GEELONG
FINAL cargo ,wax,from INDONISIA to Rotterdam,via C,O.GOOD HOPE,ON ONEBOILER

08/04/2009 - 04:37 Hugh M Macleod

A 6 month voyage from Rotterdam to a buoyed pipeline in The Gulf, via The Cape on one boiler at 6 knots, and a similar return to Fawley, with the only sight of land being the Straits of Hormuz, persuaded me that there must be better ways of spending my life than beibg a tanker-man.