Capulus

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Completed 1950 as Capulus for STUK. 1959 sold as Capulus to Deutsche Shell. 26-1-1975 arrived Pusan for scrapping.

Information
IMO number
5063045
Call sign
DALJ
Construction number
1614
Tonnage
29.736 ton
Beam
26m
Length overall
184m
Year of construction
1950
Year of renaming/broken up
1975
Service for Shell
1950 to 1975
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
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Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
10/26/2015 - 03:35 Stanley Davies

Served aboard Capulus on arrival in UK from Bethlehem Steel bound Persian Gulf . under command of Captain Lee. One/two days out from Suez Canal, one of two boilers failed - the vessel was prevented from entering Suez Canal and was diverted to Beruit. Vessel departed Beruit for Le Havre, accompanied by Dutch Tug "Thames". Tug had difficulty keeping up with Capulus doing a speed of 14 knots on one boiler!
Arrived in Le Havre safely. Capt Lee's wife and my wife (married just prior to joining Capulus) arrived at dock side as Capulus was berthing. After discharge Capulus departed Le Havre for Belfast for repairs, with my wife aboard. First night in English Channel, 2nd Officer caused the Auto Alarm to activate. 0030! My cabin was fitted with an alarm bell more suitable for a Fire Station. (I had never heard it before this night)
Needless to say, I almost hit the all steel bulk head with fright. Rushing up the steel gangway to the radio room (The Auto Alarm sounding, indicating a vessel in distress} At the top of the companion way, stood the 2nd Officer laughing his head off! The penny dropped - there was no ship in distress! My dear wife, only 18, continuing our honeymoon aboard Capulus . . . Oh what a night!

We departed Capulus in Belfast, flew Belfast/London (our home port) her first airplane flight, and enjoying life as was Elizabeth Taylor, married the same day as we were.

My dear wife passed away in 2001 after 51 years of marriage. I am now 87,living Gold Coast, Australia.