Completed 1950 as "VOLSELLA" for Anglo-Saxon. 1968 scrapped La Spezia. Afterpart cut off and scrapped, forepart converted into Pipelayer Crane Vessel, with a 1.000 tonnes crane. Renamed in Micoperi 30. This vessel assist by the salvage of Costa Concordia.

IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
29.648 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1950 to 1968
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
George W. Bell apprentice 1951 to 1952
Brian Smart junior ordinary seaman 1952
Donald Jones No... catering boy/galley boy 1952
John Graham Sinderby 2nd mate 1952 to 1954
John D. Ironside 5th engineer 1953 to 1954
Geoffrey Nicks senior ordinary seaman 1953
Robert Gleig cabin boy 1953
Eric Phillips 2nd officer 1955 to 1956
Martin J Eele deck apprentice 1955 to 1956
Roger Poulton deck apprentice 1955 to 1956
William Bill Coppard apprentice engineer 1956
Chris Copeland 4th mate 1956 to 1957
Andrew Grant deck apprentice 1956 to 1957
Peter M. Brake 3rd mate 1956
David Else apprentice engineer 1956
Alan J. Garlinge apprentice engineer 1957 to 1958
Brian Tony Withers deck apprentice 1957 to 1958
Graham Willliam... 5th engineer 1957
Robin Newlands ... deck apprentice 1957 to 1958
Roland Mackenzi... deck apprentice 1958 to 1959
John Lennon 2nd cook and baker 1958 to 1959
John Radford catering boy/galley boy 1958
Tony Rafferty catering boy 1958 caterting boy
Collin Le Tissier senior ordinary seaman 1959
Peter Dunderdale apprentice engineer 1959
Rodger Laycock 4th mate 1959 to 1960
Michael Hines apprentice engineer 1960
Mike Parkin deck apprentice 1960
Harry Paviour able seaman 1960 Autumn 1960 she sailed under a foreign flag
David Spud Murphy deck apprentice 1962 to 1963
Geoff Kenure deck apprentice 1962 to 1963
Gordon Kent deck apprentice 1963 to 1964
Norman Woodhouse deck apprentice 1964
William Muirhead deck apprentice 1965 to 1966
Glynn Turnbull apprentice engineer 1965
Chris Burls 2nd mate 1965 to 1966
Mike Riley apprentice engineer 1965
John A.D. Robertson 5th engineer 1965 to 1966
Ron Miller deck apprentice 1966
Jeffrey Davies 5th engineer 1966 to 1967
Barry Moss 5th engineer 1966
Albert Loane senior radio officer 1966 to 1967
Allen Higgins apprentice engineer 1966
Lawrence Lawson... 2nd engineer 1966 to 1967
Malcolm F Childs 3rd mate, 2nd mate 1966 to 1967
Tony Day apprentice engineer 1967
Alan Hoare deck apprentice 1967 to 1968
Chris Doak deck apprentice 1967 to 1968
Mike Christensen apprentice engineer 1967
Sheff Preston 2nd engineer 1967
Peter Alan Chambers 5th engineer 1967 to 1968
Roger David Lund 4th engineer 1967 to 1968


Date Visitor Anecdote
09/20/2017 - 11:41 James Avery

i was an apprentice on this oldtub from april 1963 to December
the skipper was f.w barnes and the first mate hunter. on our way from geelong to Rotterdam via the cape we rescued an American yacht called the collegiate rebel just off the coast of south Africa. the other apprentices were roger payne kim Elliott and \spud\ murphy. not a lot of british merchant navy left now.................. other memories of the volsella,.... we did bandar mashur Bombay so many times we ran out of fresh water and had to take some on in Bombay...... heavily sanitised to prevent disease. after that we did bandit mashur to geelong, took on water there. then geelong capetown.... took on water there, then capetown Rotterdam and when we got to Rotterdam you could STIL taste the chemicals they put on in Bombay..... tinned tit, centipede chickens and dog spew (sandwich spread) sarnies......those were the days......not,,,,,,, well o.k maybe

09/05/2014 - 20:17 Tony Lynham

I have already sent an email to George and it has not been answered. I remember the Volsella's helmsman falling asleep whilst we were going south down the Suez Canal. We beached and Captain Dove (bless him) came running down the main deck flying bridge calling for 'all hands on deck.' We obliged of course because Captain Dove stormed into the galley where he galley boy dropped his potato peeler and joined the throng on deck. We were soon off the bank and on our way. We later that trip constructed a small swimming pool on the af'ter well deck which we were forbidden to use when the Captain's wife was swimming. Ahem!

06/13/2013 - 18:26 J. Carruthers

I had the pleasure of seeing the ship launched at CL shipyard Birkenhead ,if my memory serves me right it was the biggest tanker afloat on completion?

10/30/2012 - 23:21 John Graham Sinderby

My father served on this ship and made 2nd mate sometime in the earley 50s as he joined from nortical collage.i have found a photo of him with the crew and I will upload or email asap.sadley my father has just passed away 14 july 2012 and i wish i could of showed him this web site.( rip dad)

07/15/2011 - 10:46 John Lennon

hello to you i have just found the photo of the volsella brings back some memories when i was 2nd cook /baker on her 15 12 58 /19 3 59 joined her in north sheils dry dock by train from liverpool cold / dead ship was my first impression but got a bit warmer in a week or two great crew food better then some other ships i have sailed on , still it was a great life did about26 years at it with a break in between , good sailing to you all john

08/03/2009 - 17:44 George W. Bell

Served as Apprentice from June 52 to Sept 52 under Capt. Paddy ( I was prisoner on the Graff Spey) Dove