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HAMBLE - Yard No 486 - Coastal Tanker - Shell Mex & B.P. Co Ltd - Built 1964


HAMBLE Ship No 486


 HAMBLE on trials in the River Forth

(photo credit unknown)


Owners    Shell Mex & BP Company Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Oil products Tanker Launched    29/04/1964
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    202' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 11" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     15' 6"      
Draught    14' 4"      
G.R.T.    1,182      
Engines   Powered by British Polar MN 16S Diesel Engine producing 1,230 bhp, built in Glasgow, Scotland      
Props    1      
Other known names  

1980-Shell Refiner, 1981-Metro Star, 1987-Erin T,

1992-Marine Supplier 

Current Status   Could still be in service?    
Content  on HAMBLE will be added as and when available. 
Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.

The Petroleum products tanker HAMBLE was an order from the Shell Mex & B.P. Co Ltd, she was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1964.

She was a nice looking small tanker when she worked for the Shell Company but as time goes on and with new owners you really see what it means when a ship is not maintained properly.

One of a two ship order for tankers her sister being the KILLINGHOLME Ship No 487 built at the same time. She seems to have been re-named for a short time as Shell Refiner

She served the Shell company well for 17 years before being sold to (Metro Oil) of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and she was renamed Metro Star and this is when her history gets to be a bit interesting.

During the winter of 1981-82 - Metro Star was lengthened by 18.2 meters and her deck was raised by about 1 meter at the Marystown Shipyard in Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada.

The new midship addition added two more cargo tanks to her existing five. It is not known whether she was just lengthened or if she received an entirely new midsection.

31 October 1982 - Metro Star ran aground at St. Augustine, Quebec City




 (As Metro Star and looking pretty beat up)

and started taking on water. She was subsequently beached to avoid sinking, fortunately, without the loss of any of her gasoline or diesel oil cargo. Her fleetmate, Metro Sun later came alongside and off loaded Metro Star's cargo.

4 November 1982 - She was refloated however it is not known which tugs were involved with her salvage

10 November 1982 - Metro Star was returned to Shediac by the salvors at Pictou, Nova Scotia. She was later towed to Halifax, Nova Scotia where subsequent inspections resulted in the ship being declared a constructive total loss.

Her owners decided to repair the ship anyhow since they had invested heavily in the ship's refit only eight months earlier.

February 1983 - The work of repairing Metro Star's damage began at The Halifax Shipyard of Irving's Shipbuilders Nova Scotia.

1983 - Lloyds of London records her owner as Shediac Tanker Corporation of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Her history after this time starts to get a wee bit murkier with different owners and a couple of more name changes including the" ERIN T" and "Marine Supplier" out of Panama.

It was then stated by Lloyds of London that Marine Supplier was most likely owned and managed from Nigeria, and no further news from 2005.


We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.






Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.





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