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History

The Eagle Oil Transport Company was formed in 1912 by Weetman Pearson, later the first Lord Cowdray, to transport the product from his newly developed oil fields in Mexico. Acknowledging its original purpose, all ships owned by the company were named after Saints in the Mexican church calendar.

In 1919 management of the company was taken over by Royal Dutch Shell.

Their ships were involved in merchant convoys during both world wars. The company owned the 'San Demetrio' which was reboarded by her crew and saved after being set on fire by the 'Admiral Scheer' in 1940. The company were also managers of the 'Ohio' (owned by the Texas Oil Company) at the time of the Malta convoy of 1942.

Renamed Eagle Oil and Shipping in 1930 and Eagle Tanker Company in 1952 it was acquired outright by the Shell Group in 1959 and their livery disappeared. In 1964-65 the 'San' tankers were all given Shell names.

Ships

San Amado San Calisto San Eliseo
San Fernando San Veronico San Vito
San Wilfrido

San Amado

San Amado
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Shipyard Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 37
Official Number 163566
Call Sign GYCZ
Classification Society Lloyds Register (later Registro Italiano)
Gross Tonnage 7,316
Deadweight (DWT) 11199
Net Tonnage 4,392
Length 446 Ft 1"
Overall Length 463 Ft 9"
Breadth or Beam 60 Ft 2"
Depth 32 Ft
Draught 26 Ft 1"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 4 S CSA 8 cylinder oil engine with bore 25 9/16" and stroke 55 1/8"
Engine Builder J.G. Kincaid & Co
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 503 MN
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck with 2nd deck clear of cargo decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with oil engine
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 November 1934 Launched
February 1935 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 93,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Golfo Di Castellammare and owner to Cia Palermitana di Nav 1956, change of owner to Cia Generale di Nav SpA 1961. Taken to La Spezia 10 October 1967 for breaking by CN Santa Maria.

San Calisto

San Calisto
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Shell Bermuda (Overseas) Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Company
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 486
Official Number 300935
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 21,179
Deadweight (DWT) 31839
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 661 Ft 7"
Overall Length 661 Ft 4 1/2"K
Breadth or Beam 87 Ft 4"
Depth 34 Ft 2"
Draught 34 Ft 3 7/16"
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 2 steam turbines geared to a single shaft
Engine Builder Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
11 December 1958 Launched
June 1959 Completed

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 pump room with 4 pumps of capacity 3,600 tons/w/hour
  • Fitted with Butterworth tank cleaning equipment
  • Separate stripping system fitted

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 278,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Vermetus 1965. Taken to Masan 9 May 1975 for breaking by Han Kook Iron & Steel Co

San Eliseo

San Eliseo
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Lithgows Ltd
Shipyard Kingston SB Yard Port Glasgow
Country where built UK
Yard Number 916
Official Number 167176
Call Sign GKKV
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,042
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,786
Length 462.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 61.2 Ft
Depth 33.3 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 4S CSA 8 cylinder with bore 25 9/16" and stroke 55 1/2"
Engine Builder J. G. Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
Engine Builder Works Greenock
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 506 NHP
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck with 2nd deck clear of cargo tanks and cruser stern
  • Machiner aft
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 December 1938 Launched
February 1939 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Bilbao 20 April 1963 for breaking by Arburu Almacen de Hierros.

San Fernando

San Fernando
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Eagle Oil Tpt Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Armstrong, Whitworth & Co
Shipyard Low Walker, Newcastle
Country where built UK
Yard Number 906
Official Number 143425
Call Sign GQXV
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 13,056
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 8,335
Length 530.4 Ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 69.4 Ft
Depth 42.2 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details 3 steam turbines DR geared to one drive shaft
Engine Builder Wallsend Slipway Co Ltd
Engine Builder Works Newcastle
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 5 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 958 NHP
Maximum Speed 10

Additional Construction Information

  • I deck and shelter deck. Machinery aft. Fitted for oil fuel.
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
27 May 1919 Launched
October 1919 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Change of owner to Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd 1931. Sunk on 22 June 1940 by torpedoes from German submarine U-47 whilst en route from Curacao to Liverpool with a cargo of crude and fuel oil

San Veronico

San Veronico
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1090
Official Number 168369
Call Sign BFRD
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 8,189
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,788
Length 465 Ft 6"
Overall Length 483 Ft
Breadth or Beam 59 Ft 5"
Depth 33 Ft 8"
Draught 27 Ft 6 1/4"
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 4 S CSA 8 cylinder engine with bore 25 9/16" and stroke 55 3/8"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Belfast
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details Double-ended boiler operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 502 MN
Maximum Speed 11.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck and 2nd deck clear of cargo tanks. Machinery aft. Cruiser stern.
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Equipped to proceed to Manchester
  • Stern discharge - 8" diameter
  • Fitted with long-range radio telephone

Career Highlights

Date Event
30 May 1942 Launched
31 December 1942 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity 104,000 barrels

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Hamburg 22 February 1964 for breaking by Eisen u.Metall

San Vito

San Vito
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 1183g
Official Number 169692
Call Sign GCPF
Classification Society Lloyds Register
Gross Tonnage 8,163
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 4,825
Length 463.2 Ft
Overall Length 479.4 Ft
Breadth or Beam 61.2 Ft
Depth 33.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 4S CSA 8 cylinders of bore 25 9/16" and stroke 55 1/8"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Glasgow
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended boilers operating at 180 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 502 MN
Maximum Speed 11

Additional Construction Information

  • 1 deck with 2nd deck clear of cargo tanks
  • Cruiser stern.
  • Machinery aft
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and echo sounding equipment
  • Fitted with gyro compass

Career Highlights

Date Event
2 November 1943 Launched
30 December 1943 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Taken to Anwerp 7 May 1962 for breaking by Scrappingco.

San Wilfrido

San Wilfrido
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Tanker
Original Owners and Managers British Government
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Furness Shipbuilding Co
Shipyard Haverton Hill
Country where built UK
Yard Number 350
Official Number 164861
Call Sign BFFN
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 9,811
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,779
Length 483.8 Ft
Overall Length 503.8 Ft
Breadth or Beam 68.3 Ft
Depth 36.1 Ft
Draught N/K
Engine Type Triple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details Cylinders of bore 27", 44" and 76" and stroke 51"
Engine Builder Richardsons, Westgarth & Co
Engine Builder Works Hartlepool
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 3 single-ended boilers operating at 220 psi
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power 674 MN
Maximum Speed 10.5

Additional Construction Information

  • Keel laid down 23 December 1941
  • 1 deck and cruiser stern.
  • Machinery aft.
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
19 November 1942 Launched
December 1942 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for the British Government as Empire Cobbett. Change of name to San Wilfrido and owner to Eagle Oil & Sg Co Ltd 1945. Taken to Hong Kong 10 November 1959 for breaking by Four Season Enterprises

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