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MV San Calisto

 

SAN CALISTO

ON 165406

Built 1937  Lithgows, Port Glasgow

Yard Nr 892

Eagle Oil & Shipping Co.

8,010 grt; 12,150 dwt

462ft 8ins x 61ft 2ins x 33ft 1ins

503 nhp; 13 knots; oilengines.

 

1st December 1939 Set sail from Hull for Curacao.

On December 2nd 1939, while under command of Capt A. R. Hicks, she struck mines in the north of the Thames Estuary and sank 2½ miles SW of the Tongue lightship, with the loss of six lives, with seven injured. 

Capt. Hicks was among the survivors.

Christopher John Baxter, steward, died aged 20 on 2nd Dec 1939.

 

She was the first Eagle Oil fleet loss in WWII;

Eagle Oil lost 16 ships and seven others were damaged during WWII.

 

7th December 1939 [ Thursday ]

We understand that a Carbis Bay resident, Capt. Albert R. Hicks, was in command of a British tanker, blown up off the East Coast last Friday. Capt. Hicks is the husband of Mrs.May Hicks, who before her marriage was Miss May Stevens, of Nanjizey Terrace, St. Ives. Fortunately Mr. Hicks survived the disaster. It was learnt on Wednesday [ 6th ] that he had been injured, and was in hospital.

 

Immediately before going to sea on this tanker, Capt. Hicks had command of another vessel of the same type on a dangerous voyage home from South America. He took Mrs. Hicks to sea with him, before war broke out, and keen anxiety was felt by relatives and friends in St. Ives area for her safety. It was only a very short time ago that the tanker arrived safely at Hull, with Mrs. Hicks on board. Soon after arriving Capt. Hicks put to sea again on the ill-fated voyage in which his ship was sunk.

 

This was the second mine barrage by German Destroyers in the Thames estuary,

on the night of  12th / 13th  November 1939.

The first was laid 17th October 1939.

Another 9 were laid, up to the 20th February 1940.

Operation Destroyers WILHELM HEIDKAMP, HANS LÜDEMANN, HERMANN KÜNNE and KARL GALSTER

 

Ships which were sunk by this mine barrage.

British

MV BLANCHE (13th Nov), SS PONZANO (13th Nov), SS MATRA (13th Nov),

SS WOODTOWN ( 15th Nov ), SS HOOKWOOD (23rd Nov),

SS RUBISLAW (28th Nov), SS SHEAF CREST (30th Nov),

SS DALRYAN (1st Dec), MV SAN CALISTO (2nd Dec), SS MEREL (8th Dec).

Italian

SS GRAZIA (19th Nov)

Dutch

SS SPAARNDAM (27th Nov)

Greek

SS PARALOS (6th Dec)

Swedish

SS URSUS (15th Dec)

 

 

 

Raymond Forward