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.
From Voyage Record Card: AURIS Arrived 12 June 1960 from River Tyne. Sailed 2 August 1961 for Blyth (under tow)
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
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