Powell-Corderoy – 1936
The M/V Solarium Story (M/V is abbreviation for Motor Vessel)

When the Solarium ship was built in 1936, the school successfully applied to adopt a ship and they were allocated an oil tanker M/V Solarium.

The Captain of the ship was Mr J. Davies and the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company owned it.

This is a photo of the M/V Solarium in Liverpool. The photograph was taken by Basil Fielden a famous ship photographer at the time. The ship was built in 1936 and weighed 6,234 Tons Gross. (I have purchased the item and is no longer copyright.)

In 1937 the school started taking a weekly magazine called:
“The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph” – this allowed them to learn the ship’s whereabouts each week.

In doing so they also learnt about different places in the world, the weather in these ports and also how the ship travelled and was maintained. To add to the excitement Captain Davies wrote to the children with his news!

In return, the school sent letters to the ship and also a copy of the school magazine. The crew sent letters, picture post-cards and updates to both the school and some children at their home.

The ship travelled to many ports such as: Liverpool, Barry in South Wales, The Mediterranean, Curacao (off Venezuela), Balik Papan (Borneo), Suez Canal, Singapore, Hull, North Shields (Tyne) Muscat Oman. (The hottest seaport)

In October 1937 there was an exhibition at County Hall in London: “British Ship Adoption Society Exhibition” – Powell-Corderoy mounted and conducted an exhibition about their ship and were complimented on what an interesting and well prepared show they arranged, (Proud to be Powell!)

Remarkably, in 1937 The British Ship Adoption Society had adopted “Do Better Still” as their guiding motto.

Before Christmas 1937, the Captain and officers of M/V Solarium sent some money (£3 12s 6d) for The Infant’s Christmas Tree. In return the children sent Christmas Mail, Magazines and a Camera to the ship. [In today’s money that would be almost £500!)
When possible, ships in British ports were visited by students of the school, which have adopted them - a highlight for the seamen and children alike.

My Father, Chief Engineer David H Smith worked for Shell and sailed on many ships, including the Vanessa, Limopsis, Lotorium and others whose names I have forgotten. He is now 90 years old and suffering very badly from Dementia and being cared for by his 80 year old wife, Jean. Dad was one of the very first to receive the Merchant Marine Medal, he continued working until his late 70’s eventually retiring from Arklow Shipping. Even though he is very ill he still remembers his days at sea.

Dave Smith, a very proud 55 year ild son.
I am a Shell Pensioner try the following:-
SPA Secretary
SPBA Secretary & Treasurer

Rgds Bernard Reynolds, Captain MN Retd

UPDATE: names and phone numbers have been removed; please do not publish personal information.

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I sailed on various Shell UK tankers in the 1970's as an engineering officer. I'm trying to sort out a deferred pension but I'm getting nowhere.
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Best Regards John A Frearson
i would like contact with Floris.He was with me on the Kermia shel tanker 57/58.He was the cooksboy
Pleas as you read this replay to me Lowy Cremers i was the pantryboy on the Kermia.
My father Harold Cover worked on the nivosa for the merchant navy can you help me find my father

I sailed on several Shell vessels from 1966 to 1972
I am the son of Jos Schregardus who retired from Shell Tankers in 1984. Jos sailed as 2nd, 1st mate and as a captain on tankers of Shell. When his vessel was in Rotterdam Europoort for bunkering I always came on board as a child, later as teenager and even when I was sailing as an engineer for the Royal Dutch Navy. I remember some names of vessels he was sailing on such as: Achmea, Onoba, Vitrea, Macoma (2), Kosicia, Capulonix. I will see if I can find some notes on which vessels he sailed in which years. Maybe people sailed with him.
Apprentiship at Rivetsdale Trchnical college 1962. Now live in Cape Town
I am an Aussie was working on the wharfs in Durban Sth Africa trying to work my passage back when a workmate told me there as a tanker at the tanker wharf that was short of crew so I applied for a job on board, the skipper was a bit hesitant but as they were short on crew he signed me on, on the understanding that we would eventually end up in London.
That was great for me and I enjoyed every moment I spent on Amoria.
We went up the coast of Africa, out of Curacao around the West indies.
Out of Cardom Lakes Sth America and finally signed off in London.
I think I was on board 6 to 8 months and loved every minute, enjoyed the company of the crew and was put on the job of 5th engineer with the 2nd engineer.
They called me Aussie on board.
That was definitely a highlight of my life.