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Eagle Oil and Shipping Co

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of 16 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2

Manufacturers and suppliers in Great Britain.

1912 The Eagle Oil Transport Company was formed by Weetman Dickinson Pearson to transport the products from his newly developed oil fields in Mexico.

1919 management of the company was taken over by Shell.

1930 Renamed Eagle Oil and Shipping Co

Their ships were involved in merchant convoys during both world wars. The company owned the 'San Demetrio' which was reboarded by her crew and saved after being set on fire by the Admiral Scheer in 1940. The company were also managers of the Ohio (owned by the Texas Oil Co) at the time of the Malta convoy of 1942.

1931 Formation of Shell-Mex and B. P., a joint marketing company [1] to market and sell the petrol and oil products of Shell and BP in UK. Shell owned 40%, BP owned 40% and 20% by the Eagle Group[2].

1933 The company was the principal subsidiary of the Canadian Eagle Oil Co Ltd[3].

1937 Marketers of petroleum products.

1952 Renamed Eagle Tanker Company

1959 Shell acquired the Canadian Eagle Oil Co, one of the largest take-over bids in the UK up to that time[4]; the Eagle livery disappeared.

1964-65 the San tankers were all given Shell names.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 14 November 1931
  2. The Times, 13 July 1933
  3. The Times, 13 July 1933
  4. The Times, 23 April 1959
  • Eagle Oil Transport Co[1]