Completed 1962 as "VOLUTA" for STUK. (Originally ordered by Eagle Oil as San Casimiro) 1970 sold to Estrella Maritima Buenos Aires and renamed "ESTRELLA PATAGONICA". 4-1989 sailed to Bombay breakers.

Also known as
San Casimiro
Estrella Patagonica
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
36.014 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1962 to 1989
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Terence Brackenbury assistant steward
Terry Borst efficient deckhand
Marnoch S. Thomson 2nd engineer 1962 to 1963
Rick Jackson deck boy 1962 to 1963
Roger Boyden radio operator 1962 to 1963
John Lesbirel fireman 1962 to 1963
Michael Cox deck 1963
Ronald L. Holmes ordinary seaman 1963
Douglas Stephens apprentice engineer 1963 to 1964
Phil Galley Bailey catering boy/galley boy 1963
Mike Parkin 3rd mate 1964
Thomas Shaw pantryboy 1964 to 1965
Colin Busby 3rd engineer 1964
Charles Hammond able seaman 1965
Richard Britton radio officer 1965 to 1966
Noel Anthony Ra... 2nd mate 1965 to 1966
Peter Bentham junior engineer 1965 to 1966
David M Mitchell apprentice engineer 1965 to 1966
Rogerpalmer engineering apprentice 1965 1st. trip
Barry Moss 5th engineer 1965 to 1966
Leigh Cory crew messman 1966 to 1967
Graeme Wood apprentice engineer 1966
Malcolm Brooks radio officer 1966 to 1967
Roger Roue apprentice engineer 1966
Peter Matthews 4th engineer 1966 to 1967
Kevin Waterfall apprentice 1966
Milby Spates deck boy 1966
Peter Astles apprentice engineer 1966
Tony Collier 5th engineer 1966
Ian R. Couper deck apprentice 1967
Bob Mcconnell efficient deckhand 1967 to 1968
John Taylor deck apprentice 1967
Peter B. Pamment 2nd officer 1967 to 1968
Eric Phillips chief officer 1967
Robert David Neill radio officer 1967 to 1968
Colin Osman 5th engineer 1967
John H Lightfoot 2nd engineer 1967 to 1968 accompanied by wife Lilian
Malcolm Allen deck boy 1967 to 1968
Roy Parker deck 1967
Peter John Houghton extra 4th engineer 1967
John Ian Murray 5th engineer 1968 to 1969
David Bunn 2nd cook and baker 1968
John Hipsey deck cadet 1968 to 1969
Mike Yeats deck apprentice 1968 to 1969
David Glasson radio officer 1968 to 1969
Jim Stephens galley boy 1969 to 1970 galley/deck boy g/p
Ken Wells 2nd cook 1969 to 1970
Gerald Wood catering boy/galley boy 1969 to 1970
Allen Higgins junior engineer 1969
Bob Marshall deck cadet 1969
Peter Matthews 2nd engineer 1969 to 1970
Tony Taylor apprentice engineer 1969 to 1970
Mike Brown chef kok 1970
Jerry Moore apprentice engineer 1970 to 1971


Date Visitor Anecdote
04/27/2017 - 00:40 Ben Maddison

My mum remembers that her father, Philip Sharer, captained this vessel. I don't know of any dates unfortunately bit if anyone out there crewed with him and could tell me anything about any journeys, places or anything about him I'd be really grateful. I have memories as a kid spending time round his house and all the seeing souvenirs he collected from his travels. He also had a Shell flag desk ornament that i used to love raising and lowering. I never got the chance to know him as well as I'd have liked to and would've loved to have heard him tell of his time at sea. Any information... good or bad (!) I'd love to hear it.

03/09/2016 - 23:26 Phil Galley Bailey

I sailed on the Voluta on its maiden voyage in early '63 as
galley boy. I remember it was top accommodation, everything new.We were anchored off Perthamboy, Jersey, USA when we heard ove the radio that president John F Kennedy had been assassinated. I really enjoyed my time on this ship.

04/17/2013 - 14:03 Rogerpalmer

My first trip to sea, and joined the ship in Hamburg I have never forgot the smell of a ship for the first time and the sence of being of no help to anyone as it all seemed so strange ,however it was a case of getting on with it, witch I did, and home for Christmas like an old sea dog.

12/18/2009 - 13:29 Malcolm Brooks

During my 15 months on the Voluta as Radio Officer, 2 events come to mind:-
1) we (Shell) were fined $1000 for leaking oil into the harbour in San Juan, Puerto Rico and
2) we were the largest vessel to sail up the River Seine as far as Rouen and it made headlines in the local press.