Completed 1960 as RANELLA but contract transferred from Shell Tankers to Pacific Steam Navigation and renamed WILLIAM WHEELWRIGHT. Long time-charter for STUK. 12-1975 she ran aground south of Monrovia. Refloated and towed to Lisbon. 1976 sloop Santander.

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31.320 ton
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Service for Shell
1960 to 1976
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Name Job Period Details
Jack Casement electrician 1959 to 1960 not on board but i helped to built it in Harland and Wolffs as an electrician
Ron Dodsworth 2nd officer 1960 to 1962
Robert Henry Clark chief engineer 1960 my father
Anonymous 5th engineer, 4th engineer 1961 to 1963
Brian Mc Garry radio officer 1965 to 1966
John Mullins efficient deckhand 1966 to 1967
John Tomlinson engineer 1966 to 1968
Dave.warden 3rd engineer 1966 to 1967
Barrie Constantine 4th engineer 1966 to 1968
Brian Montgomery engineer cadet 1968 to 1969
Michael Docherty junior engineer 1969 to 1970
Keith Wakefield engineer cadet 1971
Brent Davies assistant steward 1971
Joseph Maher steward 1971 to 1972
John Marsh 3rd engineer 1971 to 1976
Robert Lumb junior engineer 1972
Mick Bodill junior engineer, 4th engineer 1973 to 1975
Christopher Kane able seaman 1974 to 1976


Date Visitor Anecdote
12/01/2015 - 13:48 Marion Brown Ro...

My brother Ronnie Fairless sailed on this ship

He was sadly drowned while ship was in port in Newcastle Upon Tyne 6th June 1969

Would be so nice if anyone remembered him

Thank You
Marion Brown nee Fairless

09/23/2015 - 17:33 Brent Davies

The cook's special was boiled beef and carrots, (which wasn't the nicest of dishes) plus he had a short fuse, and got VERY upset when anyone criticised his cooking. One day, said boiled beef was the main dish and the electrician told me to tell the cook "if he threw that over the side he would pollute the ocean" he was trying to be clever in front of the forth engineers young wife. I did as I was ordered and the next day when the sparks did his rounds he went through the galley and holy hell erupted. Of course we tried not to listen but we couldn't help it. The day after that I was punished by being moved from engineers steward to mates steward. I did explain that I was only carrying out a superior's crew members orders but to no avail.

02/22/2015 - 17:13 Barrie Constantine

I have a scale model of the william wheelwright,from the plans from harland & wolff.original ship plans 1\8 = 1foot !!model size, 48" - 6.5" 1\16=1foot.

01/06/2011 - 18:21 Dave.warden

Anyone out there reemember Port Seuz.Being docked there when they shut down the Canal and we went back into the gulf and didn't get back to Liverpool till September.