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Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co

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1946. HM Electrically Propelled Tanker "Olna" built for Shell.
1951. "Velutina".

A private company owned by Shell Transport and Trading and Royal Dutch Petroleum

c.1898 The company became responsible for the ships of Shell Transport and Trading[1]

1907 Continued to be responsible for the trade in oil by-products when the Dutch Petroleum Company was established to take over the petroleum business of the Dutch state authorities and the Shell company[2]

1908 Shell Transport and Trading had placed all of its assets in Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co and Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij which also held all of the assets of Royal Dutch Shell[3]

The company owned and ran the oil transport and storage activities of the Shell group of companies.

1920 With Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co and a group of individual investors, the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co bought the Chepstow shipyards[4]; they formed Monmouth Shipbuilding Co to acquire the yards.

1923 Ordered a large, shallow draft river steamer for use in China, from Yarrow and Co[5]

1925 Baldwins, in conjunction with Anglo-Saxon Petroleum, built a new tinplate works at Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea[6]

1926 Placed order with Harland and Wolff for 4 vessels[7]

1934 Ordered 12,000 t tank motor-ship from Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, the 18th that yard had built for the company[8]. Harland and Wolff also constructed a motor tanker for the company[9]

1934 Elba Tin Plate Co, jointly owned with Baldwins, had been fully occupied[10]

1938 Cammell, Laird and Co built a tanker for the company[11]

1951 Experimented with use of a gas-turbine propulsion unit when one of the 4 diesel engines in the tanker Auris was replaced by a gas turbine[12]

1955 Shell acquired the assets of Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, essentially bringing its fleet of ships in-house[13]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 15, 1908
  2. The Times, Aug 05, 1907
  3. The Times, Jul 01, 1908
  4. The Times, Feb 05, 1920
  5. The Times, Nov 08, 1923
  6. The Times, Dec 19, 1925
  7. The Times, Apr 22, 1926
  8. The Times, Mar 21, 1934
  9. The Times, May 26, 1934
  10. The Times, Mar 31, 1934
  11. The Times, Mar 30, 1938
  12. The Times, November 10, 2003
  13. The Times, November 10, 2003