San Roberto

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Introduction

San Roberto was an Eagle Oil tanker in service from 1922 until she was broken up 1949. She had a working life of 27 years during which she participated in a huge number of WW2 convoys.

San Roberto
San Roberto - the date and location are not known. [1]

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Registered owners, managers and operators Eagle Oil and Shipping Co. Ltd, London
Builders Armstrong, Whitworth & Co.
Yard Low Walker (Walker on Tyne)
Country UK
Yard number 987
Registry N/K
Official number 146632
Signal letters N/K
Call sign GCJZ
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 5,890
Net tonnage 3,611
Deadweight N/K
Length 407.1 ft
Overall Length 428.5 ft
Breadth 52.2 ft
Depth 33.4 ft
Draught N/K
Engines Triple expansion steam engine with cylinder bores 27", 45" and 75" and stroke 48".
Engine builders Wallsend Slipway Co. Ltd.
Works Newcastle
Country UK
Boilers 3 single boilers operating at 180 psi
Power 538 NHP
Propulsion Single screw
Speed 10 knots
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

The Lloyds Register entry for San Roberto for 1945-46 has the following additional information about her:

  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Machinery aft
  • Longitudinal framing
  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • 2 decks (Steel) and Web Frames
  • She was fitted with radio direction-finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 July 1922 Launched by Lady Waley Cohen
19 September 1922 Completed
15 November 1949 Sold to British Iron and Steel Corp (Salvage) Ltd. and taken to be broken up at Blyth

Service Pre WW2

I not found any information about the service of San Roberto for the pre-war period.

Service in WW2

Convoys

San Roberto took part in a very large number of WW2 convoys and independent voyages according to information shown in the table below which is provided courtesy of Convoyweb - see External Ref. #4.

Departure Convoy/Independent Arrival
Ardrossan, Sep 2, 1939 Independent Aruba, Sep 20, 1939
Aruba, Sep 21, 1939 Independent Las Piedras, Sep 22, 1939
Las Piedras, Sep 23, 1939 Independent Trinidad, Sep 27, 1939
Trinidad, Sep 27, 1939 Independent Kingston, Oct 2, 1939
Kingston, Oct 4, 1939 KJ.3 (Kingston Jamaica - UK Ports) Liverpool, Oct 28, 1939
Liverpool, Nov 26, 1939 OB.42 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Aruba, Dec 18, 1939
Aruba, Dec 19, 1939 Independent Halifax, Dec 31, 1939
Halifax, Jan 6, 1940 HX.15 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Jan 19, 1940
Liverpool, Feb 2, 1940 OB.84 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Aruba, Feb 26, 1940
Independent Las Piedras, Feb 27, 1940
Aruba, Feb 27, 1940 Independent
Las Piedras, Feb 28, 1940 Independent Halifax, Mar 11, 1940
Halifax, Mar 13, 1940 HX.27 (Halifax - Liverpool) Ardrossan, Mar 29, 1940
Ardrossan, Apr 6, 1940 OB.125 (Liverpool - to OG 25)
Independent Curacao, Apr 29, 1940
Maracaibo, May 1, 1940 Independent Bermuda, May 8, 1940
Bermuda, May 11, 1940 BHX.42 (Bermuda - Jd HX 42)
HX.42 (Halifax - Liverpool) Ardrossan, May 28, 1940
Independent Clyde, Jun 1, 1940
Ardrossan, Jun 1, 1940 Independent
Clyde, Jun 16, 1940 OB.169 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Curacao, Jul 6, 1940
Curacao, Jul 9, 1940 Independent Curacao, Jul 22, 1940
Curacao, Jul 26, 1940 Independent
Bermuda, Aug 3, 1940 BHX.63 (Bermuda - Jd HX 63)
Independent Bermuda, Aug 12, 1940
HX.63 (Halifax - Liverpool) Liverpool, Aug 19, 1940
Liverpool, Aug 31, 1940 OB.206 (Liverpool - Dispersed)
Independent Curacao, Sep 19, 1940
Curacao, Sep 22, 1940 Independent Bermuda, Sep 28, 1940
Bermuda, Oct 2, 1940 Independent Halifax, Oct 6, 1940
Halifax, Oct 8, 1940 HX.79 (Halifax - Liverpool) Methil Roads, Oct 24, 1940
Methil, Oct 29, 1940 FS.322 (Methil - Southend)
FN.329 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Nov 9, 1940
Spurn Head, Nov 9, 1940 FN.329 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Nov 10, 1940
Methil, Nov 17, 1940 FS.337 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 19, 1940
Southend, Nov 24, 1940 FN.342 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Nov 26, 1940
Methil, Nov 30, 1940 FS.349 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 2, 1940
Southend, Dec 9, 1940 FN.355 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 11, 1940
Methil, Dec 19, 1940 FS.364 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 21, 1940
Southend, Dec 27, 1940 FN.368 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 29, 1940
Methil, Jan 9, 1941 FS.384 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 11, 1941
Southend, Jan 17, 1941 FN.386 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 19, 1941
Methil, Jan 26, 1941 FS.396 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 28, 1941
Southend, Feb 4, 1941 FN.400 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 6, 1941
Methil, Feb 13, 1941 FS.411 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 15, 1941
Southend, Feb 22, 1941 FN.414 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 24, 1941
Methil, Mar 1, 1941 FS.425 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 3, 1941
Southend, Mar 8, 1941 FN.427 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 10, 1941
Methil, Mar 17, 1941 FS.438 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 19, 1941
Southend, Mar 23, 1941 FN.440 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 25, 1941
Methil, Apr 3, 1941 FS.454 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 5, 1941
Southend, Apr 10, 1941 EC.5 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Apr 12, 1941
Methil, Apr 16, 1941 FS.465 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 18, 1941
Southend, Apr 24, 1941 EC.11 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Apr 26, 1941
Methil, May 1, 1941 FS.478 (Methil - Soutnend)
Southend, May 9, 1941 FN.464 (Southend - Methil) Immingham, May 11, 1941
Immingham, Jul 1, 1941 FN.487 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 3, 1941
Methil, Jul 14, 1941 FS.541 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 16, 1941
Southend, Jul 20, 1941 EC.48 (Southend - Clyde) Immingham, Jul 21, 1941
Immingham, Aug 10, 1941 FN.503 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 11, 1941
Methil, Aug 14, 1941 FS.568 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 16, 1941
Southend, Aug 21, 1941 EC.63 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Aug 22, 1941
Methil, Aug 27, 1941 FS.579 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 29, 1941
Southend, Sep 5, 1941 EC.69 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Sep 7, 1941
Methil, Sep 11, 1941 FS.592 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 13, 1941
Southend, Sep 15, 1941 FN.519 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 17, 1941
Methil, Sep 21, 1941 FS.601 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 23, 1941
Southend, Sep 27, 1941 FN.524 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 29, 1941
Methil, Oct 2, 1941 FS.610 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 4, 1941
Southend, Oct 11, 1941 EC.84 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Oct 13, 1941
Methil, Oct 19, 1941 FS.625 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 21, 1941
Southend, Oct 28, 1941 EC.91 (Southend - Clyde)
Methil, Nov 6, 1941 FS.640 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 8, 1941
Southend, Nov 14, 1941 FN.552 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Nov 16, 1941
Methil, Nov 20, 1941 FS.652 (Methil - Southend) Tyne, Nov 21, 1941
EC.91 (Southend - Clyde) Methil, Nov 30, 1941
Tyne, Jan 19, 1942 FN.608 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 20, 1942
Methil, Jan 26, 1942 FS.710 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 28, 1942
Southend, Feb 4, 1942 FN.623 (Southend - Methil) Immingham, Feb 6, 1942
FN.626 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Feb 9, 1942
Spurn Head, Feb 9, 1942 FN.626 (Southend - Methil) Middlesbrough, Feb 10, 1942
FN.630 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 14, 1942
Middlesbrough, Feb 14, 1942 FN.630 (Southend - Methil)
Methil, Feb 19, 1942 FS.730 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 21, 1942
Southend, Feb 25, 1942 FN.641 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 27, 1942
Methil, Mar 2, 1942 FS.740 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 4, 1942
Southend, Mar 8, 1942 FN.650 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 10, 1942
Methil, Mar 15, 1942 FS.751 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 17, 1942
Southend, Mar 22, 1942 FN.662 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 24, 1942
Methil, Mar 29, 1942 FS.763 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 31, 1942
Southend, Apr 6, 1942 FN.675 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 8, 1942
Methil, Apr 12, 1942 FS.775 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 14, 1942
Southend, Apr 19, 1942 FN.686 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 21, 1942
Methil, Apr 26, 1942 FS.787 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 28, 1942
FN.698 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 5, 1942
Methil, May 10, 1942 FS.799 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 12, 1942
Southend, May 17, 1942 FN.710 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 19, 1942
Methil, May 22, 1942 FS.809 (Methil - Southend)
FS.814 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, May 29, 1942
Spurn Head, May 29, 1942 FS.814 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 30, 1942
Southend, Jun 7, 1942 FN.728 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 9, 1942
Methil, Jun 12, 1942 FS.827 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 14, 1942
Southend, Jun 17, 1942 FN.737 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 19, 1942
Methil, Jun 25, 1942 FS.838 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 27, 1942
Southend, Jul 1, 1942 FN.749 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 3, 1942
Methil, Jul 5, 1942 FS.847 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 7, 1942
FN.758 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 14, 1942
Methil, Jul 16, 1942 FS.856 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 18, 1942
Southend, Jul 20, 1942 FN.765 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 22, 1942
Methil, Jul 26, 1942 FS.865 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 28, 1942
Southend, Jul 30, 1942 FN.774 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 1, 1942
Methil, Aug 3, 1942 FS.872 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 5, 1942
Southend, Aug 9, 1942 FN.782 (Southend - Methil)
FS.880 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Aug 14, 1942
Spurn Head, Aug 14, 1942 FS.880 (Methil - Southend) Harwich, Aug 15, 1942
FN.791 (Southend - Methil) Hartlepool, Aug 19, 1942
Harwich, Aug 19, 1942 FN.791 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 21, 1942
Methil, Aug 24, 1942 FS.890 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 26, 1942
Southend, Aug 30, 1942 FN.800 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 1, 1942
Methil, Sep 3, 1942 FS.898 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 5, 1942
Southend, Sep 7, 1942 FN.807 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 9, 1942
Methil, Sep 13, 1942 FS.907 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 15, 1942
Southend, Sep 17, 1942 FN.816 (Southend - Methil)
FS.914 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Sep 22, 1942
Spurn Head, Sep 22, 1942 FS.914 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 23, 1942
Southend, Oct 1, 1942 FN.828 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Oct 3, 1942
Methil, Oct 8, 1942 FS.928 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 10, 1942
Southend, Oct 14, 1942 FN.839 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Oct 16, 1942
Methil, Oct 18, 1942 FS.937 (Methil - Southend)
FN.846 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Oct 23, 1942
Spurn Head, Oct 23, 1942 FN.846 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Oct 24, 1942
Methil, Oct 26, 1942 FS.944 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 28, 1942
Southend, Nov 1, 1942 FN.854 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Nov 2, 1942
Tyne, Dec 11, 1942 FN.888 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 12, 1942
Methil, Dec 17, 1942 FS.988 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 19, 1942
Southend, Dec 23, 1942 FN.899 (Southend - Methil)
FS.997 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Dec 28, 1942
Spurn Head, Dec 28, 1942 FS.997 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 29, 1942
Southend, Jan 6, 1943 FN.911 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 8, 1943
Methil, Jan 12, 1943 FS.1010 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 14, 1943
Southend, Jan 17, 1943 FN.920 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 19, 1943
Methil, Jan 25, 1943 FS.1022 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 27, 1943
Methil, Jan 29, 1943 FS.1025 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 31, 1943
Southend, Feb 1, 1943 FN.933 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 3, 1943
Methil, Feb 7, 1943 FS.1033 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 9, 1943
Southend, Feb 14, 1943 FN.944 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 16, 1943
Methil, Feb 21, 1943 FS.1045 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 23, 1943
Southend, Feb 25, 1943 FN.954 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 27, 1943
Methil, Mar 4, 1943 FS.1054 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 6, 1943
Southend, Mar 8, 1943 FN.963 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 10, 1943
Methil, Mar 14, 1943 FS.1063 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 16, 1943
Southend, Mar 18, 1943 FN.972 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 20, 1943
Methil, Mar 25, 1943 FS.1072 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 27, 1943
Southend, Mar 31, 1943 FN.983 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 2, 1943
Methil, Apr 6, 1943 FS.1082 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 8, 1943
Southend, Apr 11, 1943 FN.992 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 13, 1943
Methil, Apr 15, 1943 FS.1090 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 17, 1943
Southend, Apr 19, 1943 FN.999 (Southend - Methil)
FS.1096 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Apr 23, 1943
Spurn Head, Apr 23, 1943 FS.1096 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 24, 1943
Southend, Apr 26, 1943 FN.1005 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 28, 1943
Methil, May 2, 1943 FS.1105 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 4, 1943
Southend, May 9, 1943 FN.1016 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 11, 1943
Methil, May 14, 1943 FS.1115 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 16, 1943
Southend, May 19, 1943 FN.1025 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 21, 1943
Methil, May 23, 1943 FS.1123 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 25, 1943
Southend, May 27, 1943 FN.1032 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 29, 1943
Methil, May 31, 1943 FS.1130 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 2, 1943
Southend, Jun 6, 1943 FN.1040 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 8, 1943
Methil, Jun 10, 1943 FS.1138 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 12, 1943
Southend, Jun 14, 1943 FN.1047 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 16, 1943
Methil, Jun 18, 1943 FS.1145 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 20, 1943
Southend, Jun 23, 1943 FN.1055 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 25, 1943
Methil, Jun 27, 1943 FS.1153 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 29, 1943
Southend, Jul 1, 1943 FN.1062 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 3, 1943
Methil, Jul 5, 1943 FS.1160 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 7, 1943
Southend, Jul 11, 1943 FN.1070 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 13, 1943
Methil, Jul 15, 1943 FS.1168 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 17, 1943
Southend, Jul 19, 1943 FN.1077 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 21, 1943
Methil, Jul 23, 1943 FS.1175 (Methil - Southend)
FN.1085 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Jul 28, 1943
Spurn Head, Jul 28, 1943 FN.1085 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 30, 1943
Methil, Aug 1, 1943 FS.1183 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 3, 1943
Southend, Aug 5, 1943 FN.1092 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 7, 1943
Methil, Aug 9, 1943 FS.1190 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 11, 1943
Southend, Aug 15, 1943 FN.1100 (Southend - Methil)
FS.1197 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Aug 19, 1943
Spurn Head, Aug 19, 1943 FS.1197 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 20, 1943
Southend, Aug 23, 1943 FN.1107 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 25, 1943
Methil, Aug 27, 1943 FS.1205 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 29, 1943
Southend, Sep 1, 1943 FN.1115 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 3, 1943
Methil, Sep 5, 1943 FS.1213 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 7, 1943
Southend, Sep 9, 1943 FN.1122 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 11, 1943
Methil, Sep 14, 1943 FS.1220 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 16, 1943
Southend, Sep 22, 1943 FN.1133 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 24, 1943
Methil, Sep 26, 1943 FS.1231 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 28, 1943
Southend, Oct 3, 1943 FN.1142 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Oct 4, 1943
Tyne, Oct 7, 1943 FS.1240 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 9, 1943
Southend, Oct 12, 1943 FN.1148 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Oct 14, 1943
Methil, Oct 17, 1943 FS.1249 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 19, 1943
Southend, Oct 24, 1943 FN.1160 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Oct 26, 1943
Methil, Oct 28, 1943 FS.1258 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 30, 1943
Southend, Nov 3, 1943 FN.1169 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Nov 4, 1943
Tyne, Nov 29, 1943 FN.1190 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Nov 30, 1943
Methil, Dec 3, 1943 FS.1289 (Methil - Southend)
FS.1295 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Dec 10, 1943
Spurn Head, Dec 10, 1943 FS.1295 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 11, 1943
Southend, Dec 19, 1943 FN.1210 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 21, 1943
Methil, Dec 23, 1943 FS.1309 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Dec 25, 1943
Southend, Dec 29, 1943 FN.1220 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Dec 31, 1943
Methil, Jan 4, 1944 FS.1321 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 6, 1944
Southend, Jan 9, 1944 FN.1231 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 11, 1944
Methil, Jan 13, 1944 FS.1330 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 15, 1944
Southend, Jan 19, 1944 FN.1241 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 21, 1944
Methil, Jan 23, 1944 FS.1340 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 25, 1944
Southend, Jan 28, 1944 FN.1250 (Southend - Methil)
FS.1355 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Feb 8, 1944
Spurn Head, Feb 8, 1944 FS.1355 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 9, 1944
Southend, Feb 14, 1944 FN.1267 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 16, 1944
Methil, Feb 20, 1944 FS.1368 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 22, 1944
Southend, Feb 25, 1944 FN.1278 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Feb 27, 1944
Methil, Feb 28, 1944 FS.1376 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Mar 1, 1944
Southend, Mar 5, 1944 FN.1287 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 7, 1944
Methil, Mar 9, 1944 FS.1386 (Methil - Southend) Immingham, Mar 10, 1944
FN.1293 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Mar 12, 1944
Spurn Head, Mar 12, 1944 FN.1293 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 13, 1944
Methil, Mar 16, 1944 FS.1393 (Methil - Southend)
FN.1301 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Mar 20, 1944
Spurn Head, Mar 20, 1944 FN.1301 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 21, 1944
Methil, Mar 23, 1944 FS.1400 (Methil - Southend)
FN.1309 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Mar 28, 1944
Spurn Head, Mar 28, 1944 FN.1309 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Mar 29, 1944
Methil, Mar 31, 1944 FS.1408 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 2, 1944
Southend, Apr 5, 1944 FN.1318 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 7, 1944
Methil, Apr 9, 1944 FS.1417 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 11, 1944
Southend, Apr 13, 1944 FN.1326 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 15, 1944
Methil, Apr 18, 1944 FS.1426 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 20, 1944
Southend, Apr 23, 1944 FN.1336 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Apr 25, 1944
Methil, Apr 27, 1944 FS.1435 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Apr 29, 1944
Southend, May 1, 1944 FN.1344 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 3, 1944
Methil, May 5, 1944 FS.1443 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 7, 1944
Southend, May 10, 1944 FN.1353 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 12, 1944
Methil, May 14, 1944 FS.1452 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 16, 1944
Southend, May 18, 1944 FN.1361 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 20, 1944
Methil, May 22, 1944 FS.1460 (Methil - Southend) Southend, May 24, 1944
Southend, May 26, 1944 FN.1369 (Southend - Methil) Methil, May 28, 1944
Methil, May 31, 1944 FS.1469 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 2, 1944
Southend, Jun 4, 1944 FN.1378 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 6, 1944
Methil, Jun 8, 1944 FS.1477 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 10, 1944
Southend, Jun 12, 1944 FN.1386 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 14, 1944
Methil, Jun 15, 1944 FS.1484 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jun 17, 1944
Southend, Jun 19, 1944 FN.1393 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 21, 1944
Methil, Jun 23, 1944 FS.1492 (Methil - Southend)
FN.1399 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Jun 26, 1944
Spurn Head, Jun 26, 1944 FN.1399 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jun 27, 1944
Methil, Jul 2, 1944 FS.1501 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 4, 1944
Southend, Jul 7, 1944 FN.1411 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 9, 1944
Methil, Jul 10, 1944 FS.1509 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 12, 1944
Southend, Jul 14, 1944 FN.1418 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 16, 1944
Methil, Jul 18, 1944 FS.1517 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 20, 1944
Southend, Jul 22, 1944 FN.1426 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jul 24, 1944
Methil, Aug 2, 1944 FS.1532 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 4, 1944
Southend, Aug 7, 1944 FN.1442 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 9, 1944
Methil, Aug 11, 1944 FS.1541 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 13, 1944
Southend, Aug 15, 1944 FN.1450 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 17, 1944
Methil, Aug 19, 1944 FS.1549 (Methil - Southend)
FN.1457 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Aug 22, 1944
Spurn Head, Aug 22, 1944 FN.1457 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Aug 24, 1944
Methil, Aug 25, 1944 FS.1555 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Aug 27, 1944
Southend, Aug 31, 1944 FN.1466 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 2, 1944
Methil, Sep 4, 1944 FS.1565 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 6, 1944
Southend, Sep 8, 1944 FN.1474 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 10, 1944
Methil, Sep 15, 1944 FS.1576 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 17, 1944
Southend, Sep 20, 1944 FN.1486 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 22, 1944
Methil, Sep 25, 1944 FS.1586 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Sep 27, 1944
Southend, Oct 2, 1944 FN.1498 (Southend - Methil)
FS.1595 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Oct 5, 1944
Spurn Head, Oct 5, 1944 FS.1595 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 6, 1944
Southend, Oct 16, 1944 FN.1512 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Oct 17, 1944
Tyne, Nov 17, 1944 FS.1639 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Nov 19, 1944
Southend, Nov 20, 1944 TMC.42 (Southend - St Helens Roads)
Solent, Nov 26, 1944 EBF.48 (Solent - M Haven) Swansea, Nov 28, 1944
Swansea, Dec 1, 1944 not reported St Helens Roads, Dec 3, 1944
St Helens Roads, Dec 3, 1944 MTC.55 (St Helens Rds - Southend) Southend, Dec 4, 1944
Southend, Dec 15, 1944 TAM.19 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Dec 17, 1944
Antwerp, Dec 24, 1944 not reported Southend, Dec 25, 1944
Southend, Dec 30, 1944 TAM.34 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Dec 31, 1944
Antwerp, Jan 3, 1945 ATM.28 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Jan 4, 1945
Southend, Jan 5, 1945 FN.1593 (Southend - Methil)
FS.1691 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Jan 9, 1945
Spurn Head, Jan 9, 1945 FS.1691 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jan 10, 1945
Downs, Jan 11, 1945 TAM.45 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Jan 12, 1945
Antwerp, Jan 14, 1945 ATM.38 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Jan 15, 1945
Southend, Jan 15, 1945 TBC.39 (Southend - M Haven) Spithead, Jan 16, 1945
BTC.42 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, Jan 21, 1945
Southend, Jan 22, 1945 FN.1610 (Southend - Methil)
FN.1614 (Southend - Methil) Spurn Head, Jan 27, 1945
Spurn Head, Jan 27, 1945 FN.1614 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Jan 28, 1945
Methil, Feb 1, 1945 FS.1715 (Methil - Southend)
FS.1721 (Methil - Southend) Spurn Head, Feb 8, 1945
Spurn Head, Feb 8, 1945 FS.1721 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Feb 9, 1945
Southend, Feb 9, 1945 TAM.75 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Feb 11, 1945
Antwerp, Feb 14, 1945 ATM.64 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Feb 15, 1945
Southend, Feb 17, 1945 not reported
Antwerp, Feb 22, 1945 ATM.72 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Feb 23, 1945
Southend, Feb 24, 1945 not reported Antwerp, Feb 25, 1945
Antwerp, Mar 2, 1945 ATM.80 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Mar 3, 1945
Southend, Mar 6, 1945 TAM.100 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Mar 9, 1945
Antwerp, Mar 11, 1945 ATM.89 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Mar 12, 1945
Southend, Mar 12, 1945 TBC.95 (Southend - M Haven) Spithead, Mar 13, 1945
Spithead, Mar 15, 1945 BTC.96 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, Mar 16, 1945
not reported Antwerp, Mar 18, 1945
Downs, Mar 18, 1945 not reported
Antwerp, Mar 22, 1945 ATM.100 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Mar 23, 1945
Southend, Mar 27, 1945 not reported Antwerp, Mar 28, 1945
Antwerp, Apr 1, 1945 ATM.111 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Apr 2, 1945
TAM.129 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Apr 5, 1945
Southend, Apr 5, 1945 TAM.129 (Southend - Antwerp)
Antwerp, Apr 9, 1945 ATM.119 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, Apr 10, 1945
Southend, Apr 10, 1945 TBC.124 (Southend - M Haven) Spithead, Apr 11, 1945
St Helens Roads, Apr 15, 1945 WVC.123 (St Helens Rds - Havre) Havre, Apr 16, 1945
Havre, Apr 17, 1945 VWL.144 (Havre - St Helens Rds) St Helens Roads, Apr 18, 1945
Spithead, Apr 19, 1945 BTC.131 (M Haven - Southend) Southend, Apr 20, 1945
Southend, Apr 24, 1945 TAM.148 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, Apr 25, 1945
Antwerp, Apr 28, 1945 ATM.140 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, May 1, 1945
TAM.158 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, May 4, 1945
Southend, May 4, 1945 TAM.158 (Southend - Antwerp)
Antwerp, May 8, 1945 ATM.148 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, May 9, 1945
Southend, May 10, 1945 TAM.164 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, May 11, 1945
Antwerp, May 17, 1945 ATM.157 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, May 18, 1945
Southend, May 26, 1945 TAM.180 (Southend - Antwerp) Antwerp, May 27, 1945
Antwerp, May 29, 1945 ATM.169 (Antwerp - Southend) Southend, May 30, 1945

Attack by Aircraft

According to Lucas - External Reference #54 - San Roberto was bombed by aircraft on two occasions - 10 May 1941 and 20 July 1941. He records the following:

Certain units of the Eagle fleet were used for special wartime duties. For example the San Roberto was exclusively employed in carrying oil up and down the coast of England and Scotland, principally between Grangemouth and London. Byu December 1944 she had lifted over one million tons of cargo since war began. Her adventures were numerous in the course of navigating the East Coast route, known for its special hazards and ruefully nicknamed "E-boat Alley". She twice suffered damage as a result of air attack, the most extraordinary occasion being in May 1941 when a bomb penetrated the mainmast, leaving the fins and assembly embedded in the mast, the bomb exploding in the air, without causing any casualties, though it was so close that the Chief Officer's clothing was actually set alight by the flash. Two other bombs struck the ship, while a near miss on the starboard side caused the fracturing of sea connections and the flooding of the engine room. Fortunately she was in ballast, as otherwise she would have foundered. Two months later the San Roberto was bombed again and badly shaken by four near misses. A fifth bomb penetrated the Chief Engineer's cabin, but it went out through the foward bulkhead without exploding and came to rest on the wooden deck at the fore end of the poop.

Throughout these hazardous war years the San Roberto was commanded by Captain Allison. At the end of 1944 his ship was transferred to the Thames/Antwerp run, in order to supply that newly-opened base for the final assault on Germany. It was fitting that Captain Allison was now at last able to hit back with success at the Luftwaffe which had given his ship such unpleasantly close attention in 1941. On New Year's morning 1945 the German air force launched a major attack on the Belgian airfields and other objectives. The San Roberto was lying in the River Scheldt with a full cargo of high octane spirit right in the path of the German fighters returning from their attack on Antwerp. Five of them made straight for the ship but were driven off by a tremendous barrage from her Oerlikon guns, the last fighter, an ME109, receiving three direct hits. Smoke started to pour from the plane and the pilot only just managed to bale out before it crashed.
San Roberto
This is a woodcut illustration showing San Roberto under attack from aircraft. [2]

According to External Reference #38, there was damage resulting from the incident on 10 May which took place at a position 22 Miles East by North from Spurn Point. As nothing is recorded for the 20 July incident it is assumed that this did not cause any serious damage to the ship.

San Roberto
San Roberto in the wartime period - the exact date and location are not known. [3]
San Roberto
San Roberto in the wartime period - she appears to be fitted with defensive paravane equipment. You can also see quick release liferafts as were fitted to Dallington Court. [3]

On 1 January 1945, Stan Mayes was serving on Empire Unity when the German Luftwaffe launched a major attack on the Scheldt and Belgian airfields. In describing the scene he said "San Roberto was at anchor below Antwerp and we were just passing her when she was attacked by a ME109 and a bomb from her struck the foremast and exploded. A tremendous barrage from the Oerlikon guns on San Roberto hit the attacker and I witnessed her destruction as she crashed into the river bank".

Service post WW2

By the end of the war, San Roberto was showing her age - which given her service history is hardly surprising. One photo I have had the caption "The largest and bleakest bridge on the coast".

Stan Mayes served on San Roberto from 18 September 1948 until 15 November 1949 when she was delivered to the breakers. Accounts of his many voyages with photos can be found in the Benjidog Recollections website HERE.

San Roberto
San Roberto arriving at Blythe to be broken up. [3]

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Clive Ketley
  2. From External Reference #54.
  3. By courtesy of Stan Mayes and digitally enhanced by the site owner.