Completed 1955 as "HEMIPLECTA" for STUK. 1964-1969 operated for Shell Australia. 2-3-1975 arrived Busan for scrap.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
19.349 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1955 to 1975
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Martin Barrett unknown
Jack Williams 3rd mate 1951 to 1952
George Hamilton engineer 1955 to 1956
Kenneth Hodgson 3rd engineer 1955 to 1956
Henry Anderson Andy head cook 1955 to 1962
Graham Watson apprentice engineer 1956
John Gartland 1 efficient deckhand 1956 to 1957
John W Curry 3rd officer, 2nd officer 1956 to 1957
Robbie Peck assistant steward 1956 to 1957
Donald Jones No... chief and ships cook 1956 to 1957
Douglas M.C. Renton 2nd mate 1957 to 1958
Barry Williams catering boy 1957
David C. Richmond apprentice engineer 1959 to 1960
Collin Le Tissier junior ordinary seaman 1959
George Hamilton engineer 1959 to 1960
James B. Simms passenger 1959 visitor, Pulau Sambe Malaya, 1st Cheshire regt
Bryan Anderson crew messman 1959
Robert Donoghue f.w.t. 1960 to 1962
Pieter Koops deck apprentice 1960
Tony Roberts 5th engineer 1960
Douglas Alan Lucock navigation cadet 1961 to 1962
Geoff Walker assistant steward 1961
Chris Burls 3rd mate 1962
Jim Fitt deck apprentice 1962 to 1963
George Scott raf gan offloading aviation fuel 1962 to 1963
William Ross Fa... deck boy 1962 to 1963
Eric Tudor catering boy/pantry boy 1963 1st trip
Desmond Doyle master 1963 to 1964
Ski Wood engineer 1963
Eric Phillips chief officer 1964
James Hansell junior ordinary seaman 1964
Terry Savage junior ordinary seaman, senior ordinary seaman 1964
Bernard Reynolds 2nd mate 1964
Bernard Reynolds 2nd mate 1964
Ian Black deck cadet 1965 to 1968
Gordon Ross able seaman 1965
Gordon Ross able seaman 1965 to 1966
James W. Crosby po mechanic 1969 to 1970
Bernard Teale 4th engineer 1969 to 1970
Thomas P. Hughes 3rd officer 1969 to 1970
Kenneth Shewan deck apprentice 1970
Stefan Laing apprentice engineer 1970
James D. Jim Auton 2nd engineer 1970
Shaun Heffernan 5th engineer 1971
Simon Heanue assistant steward 1971
Martin E Mowlem g1 rating 1971 to 1972
Derek Simpson assistant steward 1971 to 1972
Steve Cook midship steward 1971 to 1972
James D. Glover 4th engineer 1971
Roger Newman steward/2nd chef and baker 1971
Davis Cameron G... navigation cadet 1971 to 1972
Thomas Ogle po mechanic 1971 to 1972
Eric Phillips captain (commanding officer) 1971
Anthony Terry W... catering offficer 1972
Ian Gaylard navigation cadet 1972
Andy Johnson messman/2nd cook and baker 1972 to 1985
Stephen Paine efficient deckhand 1972 to 1973 grade 1 / edh
Paul Fuller navigation cadet 1972 1st trip
Paul Darnell assistant steward 1972 to 1973
Barry Moss 3rd engineer 1972
Mike Muir 1 grade 1 seaman 1972
Christopher Hornby 3rd engineer 1972 to 1973
Pat Lyon grade 1 seaman 1972 to 1973
Peter Liversedge deck cadet 1972 to 1973
Steve Paine grade 1 seaman 1972 to 1973 Joined in Singapore and Paid off in Yokahama after sailing for 1 year after 6 month extension.
Tony Yun ordinary seaman 1972 to 1973
Sue Bowman Form... wife 1973 of 2nd engineer
Charlie Pridham deck cadet 1973
Dave Clarke catering boy/galley boy 1973 to 1974
Brian Boyle 4th engineer 1973
James D. Jim Auton 2nd engineer 1973
George Greenshields junior engineer 1973
Joe Mally po deck 1973
Michael Spike Sharp grade 1 seaman 1973
Peter Matthews chief engineer 1974 to 1975
John Porter catering boy/galley boy 1974
Noel Hutton crew messman 1974 to 1975
Mike Gordine navigation cadet 1974
Chris Matthews chief engineer 1974
Arthur Georgeson 5th engineer 1974 to 1975
Colin Osman 3rd engineer 1975


Date Visitor Anecdote
09/10/2013 - 21:16 George Scott

When she visited RAF GAN I was in charge of offloading fuel to shore on behalf of the RAF.
I managed to split my head open on a pipe after having lunch on board with the officers.
I was told she had an incident after leaving us at Bombay.

09/18/2010 - 16:14 Jack Williams

I rememberas with a brand new certificate boarding the Hemiplecta with some fear in the knowledge that "Butcher Shaw" who had a fiercesome reputation was Master. First day out he swaggered on the bridge wearing a his trademark...a 'Lungi' and the first words he addressed to me were "Hells Bells we have a b----- scouser on the bridge and they cannot play football either" It was little more than a wind up which I enjoyed many many happy watches under his command.
I had the good fortune of sailing with this Seaman, his bark was far worse than his bite, doubtful they come like that nowadays.

07/21/2009 - 13:13 John W Curry

the old man was an ignorant pig while tying up at pulo bukom he and i had a tremendous fall-out. after that he left me severely alone. he was a dour scot from somewhere west of aberdeen & was tighter than a frogs primary orfice. his nickname on the hemiplecta was fenderbelly and he smoked in his toilet. not a nice man. in fifteen years i only sailed with one worse, but thats another story.