Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      AURIS
Arrived:12 Jun 1960
Departed:c22 July 1962
Career:Gas turbine-powered Shell tanker. Broken up Blyth 5 Aug 1962.
Oyster Company ledger 13 August 1960 compensation 4 weeks
2 August 1962 compensation 1 week 5 days.
Tonnage:8,221 gross
Built:1948
Type:Tanker
Owner:Shell Tankers
Official No:181847
ID1181847

The experimental gas turbine powered Shell tanker AURIS laid up, believed to be in the River Blackwater. Photo from ... Date: c1961.

Above:  The experimental gas turbine powered Shell tanker AURIS laid up, believed to be in the River Blackwater. Photo from ... Date: c1961.
Source: Mersea Museum / www.helderline.nl

Gas turbine powered Shell tanker AURIS at sea - date unknown.

Notes from the back of the photograph:

AURIS Shell Tankers 8,221/1948 12 kts appearance in 1960.

Built in 1948 by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn with 4 Hawthorn - Sulzer 8 cylinder diesel engines 1,100 BHP each, supplying AC current to a single motor of 3,750 SHP. In 1951 one of these diesels was replaced by a Gas Turbine of 1,200 BHP. It was announced in1955 that this arrangement was to be replaced by a single 5,300 BHP gas... Date: c1960.

Above:  Gas turbine powered Shell tanker AURIS at sea - date unknown. Notes from the back of the photograph: AURIS Shell Tankers 8,221/1948 12 kts appearance in 1960. Built in 1948 by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn with 4 Hawthorn - Sulzer 8 cylinder diesel engines 1,100 BHP each, supplying AC current to a single motor of 3,750 SHP. In 1951 one of these diesels was replaced by a Gas Turbine of 1,200 BHP. It was announced in1955 that this arrangement was to be replaced by a single 5,300 BHP gas... Date: c1960.
Source: Mersea Museum / Tony Millatt


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