AMASTRA (1)

About

Completed 1935 as AMASTRA for Anglo-Saxon. 1943-1946 served as MAC 4, conversion to Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MD) by Smiths Dock North Shields. 1951 to Shell France and renamed IDAS. 27-6-1955 arrived Spezia for scrap.

Also known as
MAC 4
Idas
IMO number
1163572
Call sign
GYDD
Construction number
870
Tonnage
12.260 ton
Beam
18m
Length overall
147m
Year of construction
1935
Year of renaming/broken up
1955
Service for Shell
1935 to 1955
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Ken Hardie radio operator 1939 to 1942
Robert Birdsall captain (commanding officer) 1939 to 1940 Not me father of a friend
Graham Bagwell 3rd engineer 1940 Father in law Bob (Robert) Buenfeld, 3rd engineer during 1940's
Edward Bradshaw... fireman 1945
Henry Perkins Mason able seaman 1946
Billy Nethercott 4th engineer 1946 to 1947
Denis Mazonowicz 2nd mate 1951

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
01/10/2016 - 21:40 Ron Hardie

My Dad was the RO on Amastra during Atlantic convoys ,all our houses have been named Amastra as long as I can remember ,he served on many ships mostly tankers through the war and was called Ken or Kenny Hardie ,he joined the MN before his eighteenth Birthday as he had all the qualifications,so lied about his age !,his amateur call sign in Glasgow is not known by me but he retook the exam in the early eighties and was then G4SNU - I proudly took the call sign after his death

04/11/2010 - 14:20 Edward Bradshaw...

My Uncle Edward Switzer served in the Merchant Navy on the Amastra to 25th June 1951, as a fireman/greaser