Completed 1956 as "SAN FORTUNATO" for Eagle Tanker. 1959 purchased by STUK. 1964 renamed "HEMIMACTRA". 10-2-1977 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.

Also known as
San Fortunato
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
19.257 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1959 to 1977
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
John Albert Evans 2nd cook and baker 1960 to 1961
John Chapman 3 extra 4th engineer 1961 to 1962 extra 4th day work (san fortunato)
Ian Matheson fireman 1962 to 1963
Stephen Robert ... catering boy 1964
Mike Bloomfield fireman/watertender 1964
Stan Greening efficient deckhand 1964
Robbie Lawton efficient deckhand 1964
David Spence 2 2nd officer 1964 to 1965
Pieter Koops 3rd mate 1964
Alan Maison senior ordinary seaman 1964 to 1965
Terry Smart 3rd engineer 1965 to 1966
James Harriott deck boy 1965
Stephen Robert ... catering boy 1965
Alan Jones Alan... assistant steward 1965
David William T... passenger 1965 not crew
Alan Norman radio officer 1965
Charles Stobbart 2nd cook 1965 to 1966
Robert West catering boy/galley boy 1965 to 1966
A. Peter Colema... 4th engineer 1966 to 1967
Roger Newman catering boy/galley boy 1966
Marnoch S. Thomson chief engineer 1966
Stan Riley 2nd engineer 1967 to 1968
George Gray Dodie23 junior ordinary seaman 1967
Bob Sinclair senior ordinary seaman 1967 to 1968
John Pegden assistant steward 1967 to 1968
Mick Heffron gp assistant steward 1967
Bob Gayton f/g 1967 to 1968
Dave Rogers deck boy 1967 to 1968
Peter Colin Lippman senior ordinary seaman 1967 to 1968
Gerald Mcvey fireman/greaser 1968 to 1969
Phillip Bird efficient deckhand 1968
John Burnett cabin boy 1968 catering (cabin) boy
Jeffrey Davies 4th engineer 1968 to 1969
Brian Amdrews Billy catering boy/galley boy 1968
Fred Ambrosius efficient deckhand 1968 to 1969
David Beeston apprentice engineer 1968 to 1969
Mike Hedderick radio officer 1968
Mike Jackson ships peggy 1968
Graham Darling 2 2nd cook 1968 to 1969
Marius Wanders deck apprentice 1969 deck apprentice - supernumary
Barry Moss extra 3rd engineer 1969
Peter John Houghton 3rd engineer 1969
Michael Donnell... catering boy/galley boy 1969 to 1971
Jack Hewitt 3rd officer 1970 to 1971
Mike Fred Fryer mechanical engineer 1970 to 1971
James D. Jim Auton 2nd engineer 1970
Tony Hogan R/O 1970 only 14 days and happy to leave
Glenn Hutchins deckhand (d.h.u.) 1970 to 1971
Des Brookes assistant steward 1970 to 1971
Bernard Teale 2nd engineer 1970 to 1971
Gavin Hair 2nd steward 1970
Peter B. Pamment chief officer 1971
David Jones deck cadet 1971 to 1972
Colin Osman extra 3rd engineer 1971 to 1972
Ken Mc Farland junior engineer 1971 to 1972
Ken Mc Farland 5th engineer 1971 to 1972
Robert John Cush 5th engineer 1972
David Morrison efficient deckhand 1972
Robin Campbell-... 3rd engineer officer 1972 left to attend lieth nautical college
David Andrews engineer cadet/5th engineer 1972 to 1973
Mike Connor engineer cadet 1972
Charlie Pridham deck cadet 1972
Will Hitchcock assistant steward 1972 to 1973
Ken Wells chef kok 1973
Nigel Campbell deck cadet 1973
Terry Crook 4th engineer 1973
Keith Hopkins 5th engineer 1973 to 1974
Norman Woodhouse 2nd officer 1973 my last trip with Shell
Cliff Funnell deck cadet 1974
John Murfin engineer cadet 1974
Andy Willmore 2nd mate 1974 to 1975
Dave Freeman deck cadet 1974 to 1976
Zia Addin Kalan... 3rd officer 1974 to 1975
Terry Crook 3rd engineer 1975
Thomas P. Hughes chief officer 1975 to 1976
Tony Leppard catering boy 1975
Jim Mckone fireman 1975 to 1976
Richard Whing navigation cadet 1975
Bernard Sayer 3rd engineer 1975 to 1976
Ben Downing deck apprentice 1975
Stuart Jobson engineer cadet 1975
Geoffrey Forster 2 assistant steward 1975 to 1976
Andy Willmore 2nd mate 1975 to 1976
Charles Stobbart catering offficer 1976
Steve Kent 3rd engineer 1976
John Tarling deck cadet 1976
John Seal efficient deckhand 1976 to 1977
Steven Balderstone catering boy 1976 to 1977
Raymond Laws chief cook 1976 to 1977 1st trip
Brian Mcglinchey assistant steward 1976 to 1977
Jerry Moore 2nd engineer 1976 to 1977 stuk
Glenn Campbell deckhand 1976 to 1977
Mick Carroll fireman 1976 to 1977
Nigel Draffin 2 2nd engineer 1976
Gary Watson 2nd cook and baker 1977


Date Visitor Anecdote
08/29/2016 - 11:14 Mike Jackson

Ships peggy/mess boy in 1968. Unluckiest ship I sailed on. Had an officer die when deckhand was cutting his hair. Someone got bitten by a dog ashore so had to have rabies jabs. I had 2 ulcers come up on my wisdom teeth, really painful.
Funniest thing I ever saw at sea,was the captains tiger getting soaked by waves on the flying bridge, as he ran along it trying to get sandwiches to the bridge. Took 3 goes at it!
Not the happiest trip I had so signed off as soon as I could.

07/18/2016 - 14:08 James Harriott

We berthed in Quebec a little after midnight one July night in 1965.
I was on watch on the wheel, having not been relieved by the next watch.
I wonder what the skipper would have said had he noticed, when the lights went up, that the deck boy had just berthed her.

02/25/2016 - 21:01 David William T...

Although I did not sail on hemactra the name has stayed with me since 1965 when I was 4th engineer on a trident tanker Maloja,on charter to shell.We were passing from pacific to Atlantic and in the Panama canal had to take the cargo off Hemimactra due to extensive bow damage sustained in a collision with I believe was lock gates.She was bound for ancorage and winter was almost upon us.During the transfer operation one of the maloja crew members decided to jump into the canal and the chief officer went in to rescue him but he got into difficulties when the crewman began to struggle so I made the decision to assist in the rescue and in the event all went well so Hemimactra remains in my memory.

06/13/2015 - 23:26 Bob Sinclair

we were on this ship for 13 and half months. Billy Billingsley and Tiny the Messman were my best mates and we had some memorable runs ashore in Curacao and almost every other port we called at.I was only a silly youth and I owe apologies to Chris Self
the second mate for missing watches because of my nocturnal activities, it was nothing personal Chris ,I did like you and your wife Sue. I think also at Christmas to the 3rd,s wife Margaret for worrying you when I was a little drunk. The folly of youth

05/17/2014 - 18:18 Bob Gayton

Those photos certainly bring back some memories for me. One of the best ships I ever sailed on. I joined Hemimactra as F/G in Nov. a??67 and paid off in May a??68 with a brief stint in hospital in Recife having been scalded during a fire drill.
I we'll remember the storekeeper, a cockney chap called Arthur Hollinsworth, a real card. Brilliant times!
We spent six weeks on the coast of Brazil, a different story in each port!
The last place we called in at was Rio Grande do Sol, what a night! I staggered back to the ship in the morning and we were swapping stories on the poop deck while having a livener before starting work. I was describing the gorgeous, dark haired beauty I was with the previous night and remembered that she'd given me a photo which I pulled out of my picket.
What a shock I got when I looked at it, she was dark- haired all right with no front teeth and tribal scars on her face!
Still a great night though!

10/26/2012 - 21:07 John Albert Evans

I was the Second Cook and Baker 1960 to 1961 when she was the San Fortunato, Eagle Oil Shipping Copmpany. Sh was a great ship.

01/22/2010 - 20:24 Ken Mc Farland

i was on the hemimactra early 1972,thought it was a great ship, very reliable compared to my previous ship the hyala, had good times on the hemimactra.