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Monday, October 15, 2018


INTERTANKO’s latest publication, a history book entitled 'A Century of Tankers' goes to print next month. The book covers the history of the tanker industry from its origins in the 1840's to the end of the twentieth century. It spans the period from when oil was carried in barrels along with general cargo through to the development of custom-built tankers and the advent of modern double-hulled ships.

The book - which is extensively illustrated - traces the development of tankers including the emergence of notable players and their fleets, innovations in ship design and technology, and significant political and economic issues which have helped to shape their development.

The membership has been very cooperative, providing us with both historical material and pictures. And we would like to thank the ones who have already contributed.

However, there are still some pictures of particular tankers we would like to include, which we have not been able to obtain. We would therefore be grateful for photographic material on any of the tankers listed below.

  • ‘Atlantic’, built 1863 by Rogerson’s Shipyard
  • ‘Charles’, built 1869
  • ‘Vaderland’, built 1872, owned by Red Star Line
  • ‘Zoroaster’, built 1878 by Swedish Motala shipyards
  • ‘Nordenskiold’, built 1879, owned by Black Sea Line
  • ‘Buddah’,built 1879, owned by Black Sea Line
  • ‘Moses’, built 1881 at the Lindholmen yard in Gothenburg
  • ‘Baukin’, built 1886 by William Gray & Co of Hartlepool
  • ‘Acardo’, built 1920 by Union Construction Company of Oakland, California.
  • ‘Dinsmore’, built 1920/21 by Bentley’s of Jacksonville, Florida
  • ‘Petrofina’, built 1936/37 by Deutsche Werft
  • ‘JW Van Dyke’, built1939by Sun Shipbuilding of Chester, Pennsylvania
  • ‘Brunswick’, built approx. 1940 by Scotts of Greenock
  • ‘Biskaya’
  • ‘Eidanger’ or her sister ship ‘Sandanger’, built 1938 by James Laing & Sons
  • ‘Naess Sovreign’ or   ‘Naess Norseman’, built in the early sixties

Of course, we would be pleased to hear from you if you have other material you believe might be of interest as well. Despite having a good selection already, war-pictures (WW1, WW2, Iran/Iraq and the Gulf War) of tankers are always of great interest to us.

Contact: Nils Kr. Kovdal on email: or on telephone +47 22122643.