Completed 1955 as Hyala for STUK. 16-4-1975 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
19.125 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
Graham Willliam... 5th engineer 1955 to 1956
D.s. Cook 4th engineer 1955 to 1956
Robin Wilkins junior ordinary seaman 1955
John J Mcdonald senior ordinary seaman 1955 Maiden voyage of ship
John Michael Co... 2nd mate 1956 to 1957
C.j.h. Ennion 3rd mate 1956 to 1957
John Goode apprentice engineer 1957 to 1958
Terry Barker assistant steward 1958 to 1959
Robert Preston apprentice engineer 1959
William Philip ... 2nd officer 1959 to 1960
Ken Devine junior ordinary seaman 1959 1st trip
Michael Burke senior ordinary seaman 1959
Dick Spearman 3rd engineer 1960 to 1964
Brian Jeffrey C... assistant steward 1960
Allan Ellin radio officer 1960 to 1961
Ian M. Whyte deck apprentice 1960 to 1961
Fred Ovington 5th engineer 1960 to 1961
Edward Harry Andrews fireman 1961
John J. Moran able seaman 1961
David John Turner 5th engineer 1961
Keith Lockyer 4th engineer 1962
John Chapman 3 extra 3rd engineer 1962 to 1963
Brian Charles P... assistant steward 1962
Roger Giles assistant steward 1962
Charles Stobbart 2nd steward 1963 to 1964
Thomas Malcolm ... 4th engineer 1964
Geoffrey Forster 2 assistant steward 1964 to 1965
Norman Dixon 3rd officer, 2nd officer 1965 to 1966
Ian Croucher engineer 1965 to 1966
Barney Boylan 2 assistant steward 1965 to 1966
Gerald W Brown 4th engineer 1965
Eric Phillips chief officer 1965 to 1966
Bill Norman 5th engineer 1965
David Edwards radio officer 1966
Stuart Lord apprentice engineer 1966 1st trip
Stewart Mccormick 2nd mate 1967 to 1968
Stephen Penfold deck apprentice 1967
David S Logie 5th engineer 1967
Peter Graham chief officer 1967 first trip
Ron Miller deck apprentice 1967
Mike Brown 2nd cook and baker 1967 to 1968
Peter Brian Coxwell 3rd mate 1967
Paul Appleby deck apprentice 1967 1st trip
Paul Renaud apprentice engineer 1967 2nd trip
Peter Cole apprentice engineer/5th engineer 1967 to 1968
Jim Crilley senior ordinary seaman 1967
Christopher Grindle 5th engineer 1968 to 1969
Peter Thomas deck apprentice 1968 to 1969
Ken Morris deck apprentice 1968 to 1969
Phillip Tickle senior ordinary seaman 1968
John Hudson apprentice engineer 1969 to 1970 1st trip
Trevor Martin 2nd cook and baker 1969
Allen Higgins 4th engineer 1969 to 1970
Leslie Rhodes apprentice engineer 1969 to 1970
Ken Mc Farland 5th engineer 1969 to 1970
Trevor Martin 2nd cook 1969
Arthur Roy engineer cadet 1969 to 1970
Brian Charles P... chief and ships cook 1970
Peter D Miller 5th engineer 1970
Frank Appleford fireman/greaser 1971
John Moxley deck cadet 1971
Harvey Williams 2nd steward 1972 to 1973
George Alan Shewan 5th engineer 1972
John Cumming chief officer 1972
Charlie Pridham deck cadet 1972 to 1973
Richard Entwistle 5th engineer 1972 to 1973
David Starr 3rd mate 1972
Gordon Robertson engineer cadet 1973
Ian Thornhill deck cadet 1973
Brian Stone engineer cadet 1973 to 1974
John H Rutherford engineer cadet 1973 to 1974
Alan Robinson 3rd engineer 1973
Alan Campion 3rd engineer 1973
Harvey Mozer navigation cadet 1973 to 1974
Brian Blythe deck cadet 1973
Jerry Moore 2nd engineer 1974 to 1975 stuk
Dave Lewis 2nd cook and baker 1974
Ray Williams Taffy 5th engineer 1974
William Park deck cadet 1975 to 1976


Date Visitor Anecdote
08/04/2013 - 05:38 Robin Wilkins

Served on the Maiden Voyage to the USA in 1955, sailed up the river Mississippi to just past New Orleans. I was the only English Deck hand all others were Scottish and I could hardly understand what they were saying! We sailed back to Thameshaven and I took my discharge for two reasons. One, I could not understand most of the crew and it was day work, no watches as I had been used to on my first ship.

To my surprise all the Scottish deck crew also signed off as well! They were a great bunch of guys, just a communication problem for me!

I was impresssed with my cabin, it was larger than four of us shared on my first ship. the Kelletia (1). I was also impressed by the Mississippi, what a great river to sail up and indeed down.

06/25/2013 - 11:10 Jim Crilley

Yes she was a rust bucket ok got really good a fixing up cement boxes ... popped a lot of rivets, had a great time in curacao, green door etc the only record in English on the juke box was The Beatles "She loves You" and it it played back to back all night. have to look out and see if i have any pics

10/17/2012 - 17:02 Phillip Tickle

My first shell Tanker, she was held together with rust and glue to hold the rivits in,sailed uk to west indies,god alone knows how we crossed the Atlantic.

05/28/2012 - 22:43 Peter D Miller

I joined the Hyala as a first trip Fiver on 3rd March 1970 in Houston. It was supposed to be a 6 month trip but I didn't pay off until late October. I learned lots about patching things up and using what was available to keep it running. At one point the telegraph motor packed in and we ran for a while using the E.R phone for movements. Trouble was that it was quite near to an alternator making it difficult to hear what the bridge was saying. Quite exciting when the movements were coming every few seconds. Happy days

08/03/2011 - 18:10 Peter Cole

l came out of my time as an eng. app. in sept. 1968 in Mobile Alabama where we beat a fully kitted out German ore carri er 10-9, this was thir first ever defeat. the temperature was in the 90's, memories of '66 kept us going.

12/17/2010 - 01:36 Brian Stone

We where flitting around the UK coast and turned up in Ardrossan. The ladies there where very friendly. So friendly that half a dozen or so stayed on board for the trip to Eastham. Party time !! That was until, before arriving in Liverpool orders where changed. Tank clean off the Isle of Mann proceede to Curacoa.
Ladies ashore in the lifeboats and a small fortune to be paid in transport expenses for the girls.

01/01/2010 - 17:22 Ken Mc Farland

first trip with shell, joined ship in genoa and crossed the atlantic tor curaca. ship blacked out 13 times on the way over due to a faulty o/speed trip on the alternater, what a performance!! highlight was sailing up the amazon to manaus in brazil, 2nd eng told me it was something to remember for the rest of my life and he was so right. another thing was docking in rio grande du sol and hearing the sound of a shorts skyvan overhead, an aircraft that i had probably made parts for when i worked in shorts belfast, it brought tears to my eyes being so far away from home ans seeing that flying overhead as i was feeling a bit homesick at the time !!