SAN WENCESLAO

About

Completed 1942 as Empire Airman for M.O.W.T. (Eagle Oil). 1946 to Eagle Oil and renamed SAN WENCESLAO. 1959 scrapped Hong Kong.

Also known as
Empire Airman
IMO number
1169009
Call sign
BCWX
Construction number
739
Tonnage
9.813 ton
Beam
18m
Length overall
134m
Year of construction
1942
Year of renaming/broken up
1959
Service for Shell
1942 to 1959
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Clifford Forbes... 3rd officer 1946
Desmond Doyle 1st mate 1952 to 1953
Fred Carr fireman 1952 to 1953
Peter Riley ordinary seaman 1953 to 1954
Tom Grieves 2nd mate 1956
Brian Long radio officer 1956
Peter Lee Leo deckhand 1958 to 1959
Phillip Walsh deck apprentice 1958 to 1959 1st trip
Dave Howden deck apprentice 1958 to 1959 1st trip
Malcolm W. Dent deck apprentice 1959

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
12/30/2008 - 21:58 Brian Long

Nearly got caught in the Suez crisis 1956. Was bnd UK/Cont with cargo of crude from Basra when baloon went up. I handed the master - Capt JH Gay - a msg from the Admiralty telling all British merchant ships to stay clear of the canal. His reaction was to say "are you sure sparks?"!!! Within a short time there were tankers all over the sea (Gulf of Aden) not knowing where to go. Eventually we got orders to proceed UK/Cont via Cape Horn. The ole'man did not ask me that question again - by then I was pretty important aboard that ship!!! We got home to Liverpool just in time for Christmas - ah well.