SOLEN (1961)

Solen

Postby tynebuoy » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:44 pm

1961 Swans, Wallsend (1867). Running trials in October 1961.
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SOLEN

Postby Keelman » Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:34 pm

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Fitting out at Wallsend 16/07/61 for Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. 41,800grt Steam tubine eng.

The book Anglo-Saxon/Shell Tankers by Norman Middlemiss gives the following details:
Launched 30th May 1961 Completed November
From March 1970 operated by Shell Co. Australia, on Australian coastal trade until January 1975
Laid up at Kames Bay from July to September 1975 then fitted as a production tanker at Marseilles. As such she served off the coast of Zaire until December 1982 when she arrived at Kaohsiung for demolition.
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby magoonigal » Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:51 pm

Very nice to see her in colour......
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby E28 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:37 pm

This Solen is the second tanker to bear the name for Shell.

From the very same yard at Wallsend came ship 1179 on 15 March 1922, 1 of 4 from S H & W R owned by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co,. Ltd,. a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell. The other trio were Scalaria - 1173, Spirila - 1177 and Saxicava - 1181. This yard used all odd numbers for new builds.

Up to 1920 Shell had all their new tankers built in the UK when with 19 being ordered these went all over the World, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Holland each builder given some latitude to the design.
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby creemaster » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:51 pm

I had an interview with SHell back in 1978/79 at SHell Centre.
Process lasted two days with an overnight stay for about 20 of us in London
We were told that every ship’s officers mess was a shell after which the ship was named.
For some reason which they did not know the bigger the ship the smaller the shell they were named after
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby magoonigal » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:33 pm

Yep, Neptune Yard used the even numbers and Wallsend used the odd.
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby northeast » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:00 am

You've certainly come out of your Shell since then, Graham :)
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby creemaster » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:22 pm

I also had an interview on Turnbull Scott's SKELDERSGATE which was in Mercantile Dry Dock at the time, Cunard cancelled my interview in Southampton because they were selling off tonnage.
Stevie Clarke's old offices on Collingwood Street, thats on the way to Blaydon by the way, Common Brothers on Market Street and Everards down in Greenhithe.
So before George blames me for the demise of the Merchant Navy, all the companies bar Shell, have ceased trading, it aint my fault!!!
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby northeast » Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:44 pm

Graham, with all your talents they would still have been trading with huge fleets!
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Re: SOLEN (1961)

Postby creemaster » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 am

And, bar Everards, would have had fantastic company histories in print!
Turnbull Scotts was the last interview I had of that bunch in 1979.
The next one was 2011 for Asda and I got that gig!
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