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PW1235 STS Hemisinus

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PW1235 STS Hemisinus

Built by Cammell Laird & Co Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Birkenhead. for Shell Tankers Ltd, London.(Anglo Saxon Petroleum Ltd)subsidiary Tanker Finance Ltd.
A steam turbine tanker of 12,207grt, length:556 feet,breadth 69 feet and powered by steam turbine engines driving a single propeller developing a speed of 16 knots.
Alllocated yard no1235, her keel was laid 24th November 1955 on no.1slipway south yard.
Launched 15th February 1957 by Mrs E.J.Pode wife of Managing Director of the Steel Company of Wales her trials took place 30th July 1957 on the measured mile,Firth of Clyde,Scotland achieving 16.118 knots.
She was handed over to her owners on1st August 1957.
“Hemisinus” was one of four similar “H” class tankers constructed at Birkenhead for Shell Tankers of this size, in all fifty of this class were being built by British shipyards during this period and they were an extremely common sight around the major ports of the UK up to the 1980s.Lairds also constructed five similar tankers for the Eagle Oil Company Ltd,which later became part of the Shell Group.
She is shown in this illustration in company with “Heath Cock” one of two similar tugs built for North West Tugs Ltd,better known as Cock Tugs. She was completed in February 1958 by Lairds,as Yard no1295 and was the first motor tug to enter service on the River Mersey.

This illustration is one of a series depicting Cammell Laird built ships.

Availalble as a card and print from autumn 2014.