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Hearts of Oak
Athel Line Ships
5 ships of this name
1 ATHELSTANEATHELSTANE (1)
Call Sign KMRC
2376 grt; 1442 net
261ft x 43ft 8ins x draught 21ft 2ins
Triple expansion, 1500 ihp, made by McDougall Duluth; speed 9.5 knots
1920 Completed by McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co, Duluth, Minnesota (ship no 36)
For US Food Products, USA, as THEODORE F REYNOLDS (US flag)
1922 When at Hull (laid up), sold for $7500 to British Molasses Co Ltd, renamed ATHELSTANE.
About 1926 Sold to Skibs-A/S Oljetransport (manager S Dahl & Co A/S, Oslo), renamed GARD.
Feb 1928 Sold Japan, renamed GARD MARU
1929 Sold Dairen Kisen Kaisya, Dairen (manager Minamimansyu Tetudo KK, Dairen), renamed HOJO MARU
1938 Renamed HOZYO MARU
About 1946 Sold to Toho Kaiun KK, Tokyo
1949 Sold Sumitomo Sekitan Kogyo KK, renamed HOJO MARU
Still in service in 1953
Believed broken up in Japan in 1954-55
Unfortunately this ship is GARD at Malta but NOT the ex ATHELSTANE (1)
If anyone has and would like to share a picture of the ATHELSTANE (1)
Please contact me.
2 ATHELSTANEATHELSTANE (1)
Built 1928 Goole Shipbuilding
Yard Nr 284
Sister ship to ATHELBRAE (ON 82930)
1928 The Times 3rd December : Oil Tanker Launched.
The Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Company (1927), Ltd., last week launched an oil tanker which has been built to the order of The United Molasses Company Ltd., of London. The vessel is 185 ft in length (BP), and will have two large cargo oil pumps to deal with the cargo, which is carried in 12 tanks. Immediately after the launch, the steamer left for the works at Sunderland of Messrs McColl and Pollock, who are supplying the machinery. Before leaving the ways, the vessel was named Athelstane by Mrs G.S. Hopley, wife of Captain G.S. Hopley - one of the directors of the United Molasses Company Ltd, who was also present. The vessel and her machinery have been built to Lloyd's highest class under the superintendence of Messres T.T. Kennaugh and Co. of Liverpool.
1935 Sold to Hunting & Co., Newcastle. Renamed
1940 1st February : Torpedoed by U-59 off Great Yarmouth.
Athelstane(2) as CREOFIELD
Photograph Courtesy of George Robinson
Built as WAR GHURKA
WW1-Standard Z type Tanker: engines and all superstructure amidships.
5,571 grt 3,397 nt
400ft x 52ft 4ins.
1918 December Completed by Irvines S.B. & D.D. Co., West Hartlepool
For Shipping Controller, managed by Hunting & Son
1919 Purchased by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London (Shell )
1921 CAPRELLA, same owner
1924 Sold to British Molasses Co, London
1925 renamed ATHELFOAM
1926 United Molasses Co; Athel Line formed.
1931 Owners G.O.Aarvold, Oslo renamed HIRD, on charter to Athel Line.
1935 Renamed ATHELSTANE, United Molasses Co
1939 Athel Line Ltd, London
1941 Tankers Ltd, London
1942 9th April Bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at 07.30N 81.56E, near Ceylon, whilst serving as Royal Fleet Auxiliary on passage from Trincomalee for Colombo. All of her crew survived the ferocious Japanese air attack.
Athelstane(3) as ATHELFOAM
468ft 5ins x 59ft 5ins
Single screw, 12 knots.
Built 1941 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle
as the EMPIRE FLINT
For MOWT, managed by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London. ( Shell )
1945 purchased by Tankers Ltd (Athel Line - United Molasses Co), Liverpool
1952 sold to Skibs A/S Vaholm (Holmen & Vaboen), Kristiansand, Norway;
1957 owned by Holmens Rederi A/S & Vaboens Rederi A/S.
1960 sold to Harald A. Moller A/S, Oslo.
1961 scrapped Hamburg by Eckhardt & Co
Photograph kindly provided by
Collection Raul Maya (Montevideo)
Built 1955 by Hawthorn Leslie Ltd, Newcastle
For Athel Line.
Registered : Liverpool
459ft x 61ft 4ins x 25ft 6.5ins
Engines : Oil 2SA 4Cyl 670 x 2320mm
1969 scrapped at Faslane.
Athelstane at Houston
Photograph by David Edge