Eagle Oil Co London.

Eagle Oil Company

The company was formed in 1912 to transport oil, mostly from Mexico to the U.K. and to South America. In 1913 the San Fraterno when launched was the largest tanker in the world. During the Great War, the company lost five ships, but placed orders for twenty new ships immediately after the end of hostilities.

 

In 1919 Eagle Oil and Royal Dutch Shell entered into an agreement whereby the latter took over management of the company. The Mexican Government nationalised the assets of Eagle Oil in Mexico and seized the San Ricardo, transferring her to Mexican registry.

In 1939 the Eagle fleet consisted of twenty seven ocean going ships, of which fifteen were lost during World War II. Eagle Oil was acquired outright in 1959 by the Shell Group and the fleet was integrated into the Shell fleet. In 1960 the Eagle funnel colours were replaced by those of Shell Tankers Ltd.

 

Eagle Oil Company, Fleet List

 

SHIP NAME O.N BUILT HISTORY G.T
San Dunstano 132743 1912 13.10.1929 Sank off Tampico after collision with submerged object 6,220
San Eduardo 135179 1912 1934 Scrapped. 6,225
San Fraterno 135208 1913 29.7.1927 Sank in Straits of Magellan after striking a rock. 9,587
San Ricardo 135233 1913 1939 Seized by Mexican Government r/n 18 de Marzo, 1964 scrapped. 6,465
San Silvestre 135234 1913 1936 Scrapped 6,233
San Gregorio 135247 1913 1926 Sold to Rasmussen & Konow, Norway r/n C. A. Larsen and rebuilt as whale factory ship, 1938 sold to J. Krag, Norway, 1940 seized by Germans as oiler, 1944 sunk by Fleet Air Arm in Altenfjord, 1946 salvaged and sold to A. von der Lippe, Norway r/n Antarctic, 1954 scrapped. 9,594
San Tirso 135267 1913 1937 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co as depot ship at Gareloch, 1940 reactivated, 1945 r/n Kelliella, 1947 hulked at Gibraltar, 1953 scrapped.. 6,236
San Urbano 135285 1913 1.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk 200 miles SW of Cape Clear by U.81 6,458
San Valerio 135301 1913 1936 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co as depot ship at Dakar, later at Gareloch, 1940 reactivated, 1946 r/n Kuphus, 1953 scrapped. 6,433
San Hilario 135306 1913 20.4.1917 shelled and sunk 200 miles W of Cape Clear by U.43 10,157
San Jeronimo   1914 1928 sold to Southern Whaling & Sealing Co, Port Stanley r/n Southern Empress and converted to whale factory ship, 13.10.1942 torpedoed and sunk SE of Cape Farewell while serving with Royal Fleet Auxiliary 10,067
San Lorenzo   1914 1928 sold to S. L. Christensen, Norway r/n Ole Wegger and converted to whale factory ship, 1941 captured in Antactic by German raider Pinguin and taken to Bordeaux, 1944 sunk as blockship at Rouen, 1947 scrapped. 9,607
San Isidoro   1914 1914 sold to French Gov’t r/n Dordogne, 1915 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co r/n Silverlip, 1918 resold to France r/n Dordogne, 18.6.1940 scuttled in Brest Roads to avoid capture. 9,718
San Zeferino   1914 1937 sold to Shell Co of Gibraltar as depot ship at Gibraltar, 1946 r/n Katelysia, 1951 scrapped. 6,430
San Wilfrido   1914 3.8.1914 mined and sank in River Elbe. 6,458
San Melito   1914 1917 rebuilt to 12.286 g.t., 1946 sold to Anglo- Saxon Petroleum Co as hulk at Singapore, 1954 scrapped. 10,160
San Nazario   1914 1917 rebuilt to 12,029 g.t., 1928 sold to Thor Dahl, Norway r/n Thorshammer and converted to whale factory ship,1962 scrapped. 10,064
San Onofre   1914 12.5.1917 torpedoed and sunk 320m S.W. of mouth of River Shannon by U.48 while serving as Royal Fleet Auxiliary 9,717
San Patricio   1915 1917 rebuilt to 11,877 g.t., 1929 sold to Southern Whaling & Sealing Co, Port Stanley r/n Southern Princess and converted to whale factory ship, 17.3.1943 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 9,712
Santa Amalia   1906 Dry cargo ship. Built as Drumlanrig for J.Chadwick & Sons, 1915 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n Santa Amalia, 28.12.1917 torpedoed and sunk off Malin Head by U.19 4,306
Santa Brigida   1907 Dry cargo ship. Built as Farley for Houlder, Middleton & Co. 1915 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n Santa Brigida, 1915 sold to the Russian Volunteer Fleet r/n Tourgai, 4.10.1916 torpedoed and sunk in White Sea. 4,276
San Florentino   1919 2.10.1941 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 12,842
San Fernando   1919 21.6.1940 torpedoed and sunk SW of Cape Clear. 13,056
San Dario   1918 Built as Teakol for the Admiralty, 1920 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Dario, 1957 scrapped. 1,137
San Zotico   1919 Built as War Kookri for The Shipping Controller, 1920 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Zotico, 1950 scrapped. 5,582
Santa Aurora   1919 Built as Ibicuhy for Hamburg Sud and surrendered on completion as war prize. 1920 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n Santa Aurora and converted to tanker, 1936 scrapped. 4,278
San Teodoro   1921 1935 scrapped 6,137
San Lamberto   1921 1936 scrapped 6,094
San Tiburcio   1921 4.5.1940 mined and sunk in the Moray Firth. 5,995
San Leon   1921 1936 scrapped 6,115
San Ubaldo   1921 1955 scrapped 5,999
San Ugon   1921 1929 sold to Cia Mexicano de Vapores San Antonio, Mexico,1935 scrapped 5,998
San Felix   1921 1957 scrapped 13,037
San Leopoldo   1921 1935 scrapped 5,671
San Leonardo   1921 1935 scrapped 5,674
San Gaspar   1921 1954 scrapped 12,910
San Gerardo   1922 31.3.1942 torpedoed and sunk off New York 12,915
San Fabian   1922 28.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk NE of Jamaica 13,031
San Roberto   1922 1949 scrapped 5,890
San Rosendo   1922 1935 scrapped 5,891
San Macedonio   1922 1935 scrapped 5,938
San Manuel   1922 1935 scrapped 5,923
San Quirino   1923 1939 sold to Cia Argentina de Nav. Mihanovich Ltda, Argentina r/n Juncal, 1967 scrapped. 5,843
San Salvador   1924 1939 sold to Cia Argentina de Nav. Mihanovich Ltda, Argentina r/n Los Pozos, 1949 scrapped after collision and fire off Curacao. 5,805
San Camilo   1927 1936 sold to N.V. Curacaosche S.V. Maats, Netherlands r/n Susana, 1954 scrapped 2,450
San Claudio   1928 1949 sold to Cia de Nav. Shell-Mex, Argentina r/n Shellnave, 1983 scrapped 2,712
San Casto   1928 1960 scrapped. 2,446
Shell Mex 4   1921 Built for the Anglo Mexican Petroleum Co, 1931 purchased by Eagle Oil, 1960 scrapped 423
Shell Mex 5   1921 Built for the Anglo Mexican Petroleum Co, 1931 purchased by Eagle Oil, 1959 transferred to Irish Republic registry, 1967 scrapped. 423
San Amado   1935 1956 sold to A. Marsano & Sons, Italy r/n Golfo di Castellamare, 1965 soldto Cia Generale di Nav, Italy, 1967 scrapped. 7,316
San Alberto   1935 9.12.1939 torpedoed off Fastnet and sunk by escort on 11.12.1939. 7,397
San Alvaro   1935 23.2.1944 torpedoed and sunk off Gulf of Aden by Japanese submarine. 7,385
San Ambrosio   1935 1957 scrapped. 7,410
San Arcadio   1935 31.1.1942 torpedoed and sunk S.E of Cape Sable, N.F. 7,419
San Adolfo   1935 1957 scrapped 7,365
San Conrado   1936 1.4.1941 sunk by German air attack off the Smalls. 7,982
San Casimiro   1936 15.3.1941 captured S of Cape Race by German battleship Gneisenau, 20.3.1941 scuttled after her oil cargo had been transferred and later sunk by gunfire from HMS Renown. 8,046
San Calisto   1937 2.12.1939 mined and sunk in Thames Estuary off Margate. 8,010
San Cirilo   1937 1955 sold to A. Lauro, Italy r/n Sportivo, 1957 converted to bulk carrier, 1971 scrapped. 8,012
San Cipriano   1937 1954 scrapped 7,966
San Delfino   1938 10.4.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Cape Hatteras 8,072
San Demetrio   1938 5.11.1940 damaged by German battleship Admiral Scheer in the "Jervis Bay" action, reboarded by crew and sailed to UK, 17.3.1942 torpedoed andsunk off Chesapeake Bay. 8,073
San Elisio   1939 1963 scrapped 8,042
San Ernesto   1939 16.6.1943 torpedoed 1,000 miles S of Colombo by Japanese submarine. The derelict drifted for 2,000 miles before going ashore on Pulua Nias Island. 8,078
San Emiliano   1939 9.8.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Guiana. 8,071
San Venancio   1942 1958 scrapped 8,152
San Victorio   1942 17.5.1942 torpedoed and sunk off Grenada on maiden voyage. 8,136
San Vulfrano   1942 1960 scrapped 8,167
San Veronico   1942 1964 scrapped 8,189
San Vito   1943 1962 scrapped 8,163
San Velino   1944 1962 scrapped 8,210
San Wilfrido   1942 Built as Empire Cobbett for MOWT, 1945 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Wilfrido, 1959 scrapped 9,811
San Wenceslao   1942 Built as Empire Airman for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Wenceslao, 1959 scrapped. 9,813
San Virgilio   1945 Built as Empire Neptune for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Virgilio, 1958 scrapped. 8,284
San Leopoldo   1944 Built as Laurel Hill for U.S. War Shipping Admin., 1947 purchased by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Tresus, 1949 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Leopoldo, 1961 scrapped. 10,669
San Leonardo   1944 Built as Bryce Canyon for U.S. War Shipping Admin., 1947 purchased by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London r/n Turbinellus, 1949 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Leonardo, 1961 scrapped. 10,641
San Silvestre   1949 1961 scrapped 10,953
San Salvador   1950 1961 scrapped 10,802
San Florentino   1953 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Hemidonax 12,215
San Fernando   1953 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Hemicardium 12,215
San Patricio   1955 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1960 sold to Estrella Marittima S.A. de Nav,Argentina, 1965 r/n Pecten 10,711
San Fabian   1956 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Hastula 12,180
San Fortunato   1956 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1964 r/n Hemimactra, 12,215
San Felipe   1956 1960 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1960 r/n Holospira 12,180
San Flavi ano   1956 28.4.1958 Sunk by air attack at Balik Papan during Indonesian civil war, 1960 forepart salved, towed to Hong Kong and scrapped. 12,278
San Gregorio   1957 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Vitta 20.889
San Edmundo   1958 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1964 r/n Humilaria 11,955
San Gerardo   1958 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1964 r/n Verconella 20,894
San Emiliano   1959 1960 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Hemitrochus 12.265
San Ernesto   1959 1960 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1964 r/n Alinda 12,301
San Calisto   1959 1960 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Vermetus 21,179
San Gaspar   1959 1959 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1964 r/n Vertagus 20,893
San Conrado   1960 1960 transferred to Shell Bermuda Ltd, 1965 r/n Valvata 21,180
NAME   BUILT HISTORY G.T.
Empire Airman   1942 1942-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Wenceslao 9,813
Empire Cobbett   1942 1942-1945 managed for MOWT, 1945 purchased by Eagle Oil r/n San Wilfrido 9,811
Empire Coral   1941 1941-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Furness Withy & Co r/n Derwent River. 8,602
Empire Grenadier   1942 1942-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Shell Co of Gibraltar r/n Ficus 9,811
Empire Norseman   1942 1942-1943 managed for MOWT, 23.2.1943 torpedoed and sunk off Azores by U.558 9,811
Empire Salisbury   1944 1944-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased by Royal Fleet Auxiliary r/n Wave Master. 8,199
Empire Traveller   1943 1943-1946 managed for MOWT, 1946 purchased by French Gov’t r/n Pechelbronn 8,201

All tankers except where stated.

Ted Finch 23/04/2011

Michael Crowdy (1966),The Eagle Tankers, The World Ship Society.