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On this site you'll find over two thousand ships of Shell Tankers built from 1867 to ships that have not even been launched yet! As well as the ships of The Eagle Tanker Company Ltd, built between 1912 and 1959. Now the Oil- and Gas- fleet managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Comp. London.

Besides that, over nine thousand visitors have registered themselves here, and they added themselves as member of the crew for 29.000 times. No less than 1.500 guestbook messages and 1.200 anecdotes were shared at Helderline. The 5.700 photos and images show the 2.285 ships, which are classified in 79 classes, 17 types of cargo, 308 managing companies, 399 yards and 60 countries. We even have 600 ships of which we know the current location.

I sailed in the sixties on the Abida, Vitrea, Koratia and the Kosicia.

Please enjoy your visit here and send me a comment, Kees Helder


Completed 1938 as "OPALIA" for Anglo-Saxon. 16-2-1942 torpedoed by U564 and damaged. 6-11-1956 set on fire Port Said during Suez Canal crisis. 4-1959 refloated and repaired by Egyptians. 1961 in service under Egyptian flag. 1977 sold to Mohamed Nawar Egypt and renamed Nawar. 1978 scrapped.


Completed 1938 as "CHAMA" for La Corona. 1939 to Anglo-Saxon. 25-3-1941 torpedoed and sunk by U97 on voyage Ardrossan New York.


Completed 1938 as "CARELIA" for La Corona. 1938 to Anglo-Saxon. 1950 returned to La Corona and renamed "MALEA". 18-2-1961 arrived Singapore for scrap.


Completed 1931 as "HELIX" for STUK. 1935 transferred to Shell France. 1938 transferred to N.I.T. and renamed "ARMILLA". 1956 to La Corona. 2-1957 back to STUK. 18-9-1957 arrived Hong Kong for scrap.


Completed 1938 as "ANTONIA" for N.I.T. 1956 to La Corona. 1959 to STUK. 1964 scrapped Singapore.


Completed 1938 as "ALBERTA" for Shell France. 6-6-1941 torpedoed by British submarine Torbay. 9-6-1941 stranded and capsized while being raised.


Completed as "AFRICA SHELL" for Shell East Africa. 15-11-1939 attacked on Indian Ocean by panzer schiff Graf Spee. Gunfired and sunk.


Completed 1928 as "LEONOR" for C.S.M. 1931 to Shell France and renamed Shellphalte. 1937 renamed "SPRAMEX". 1958 sold to Bordelaise de Navigacion and renamed Bassens, 1965 sold to Cia. Navigazione and renamed Eloro. 3-1983 arrived La Spezia for scrapping.


Completed 1937 as "SITALA" for Anglo-Saxon. 19-10-1940 torpedoed and sunk by U100. Voyage Curacao to Manchester.


Completed 1914 as "SAN ZEFERINO" for Eagle Oil. 18-9-1915 torpedoed and sunk. Raised and repaired in 1916. 1937 sold to Anglo-Saxon as depot ship at Gibraltar. 1946 renamed "KATELYSIA". 2-2-1951 arrived Blyth for scrap.


Completed 1913 as "SAN TIRSO" for Eagle Oil. 1937 sold to Anglo-Saxon for use as a depot ship in Gareloch. 1945 renamed "KELLIELLA". 1947 sold to Shell Co Gibraltar for use as a hulk. 31-7-1953 arrived Troon for scrap.


Completed 1937 as "SAN CIRILO" for Eagle Oil. 21-3-1942 heavily damaged by a Japanese submarine torpedo attack south of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). She managed to reach port and was repaired. 1955 Sold to the Price Soc. per Asioni di Nav, Italy. Renamed Sportivo, 1957 converted to a bulk carrier. 1971 scrapped La Spezia.


Completed 1937 as "SAN CIPRIANO" for Eagle Oil. 1954 scrapped Briton Ferry.


Completed 1937 as "SAN CALISTO" for Eagle Oil. 2-12-1939 mined and sunk off Margate Thamesmouth.


Completed 1937 as "RUFINA" for C.S.M. 6-1957 scrapped Rotterdam after a collision in the Gulf of Maracaibo on 13-5-1957.