Not Under Command Masthead Ships Light from Diloma
This fine Lantern is 23" tall and has had a very professional restoration back to functional condition. The oil lamp with double capillary wick is still present, the Fresnel lens and lens cover is in mint condition, and the Brass and Copper are in very nice condition. Guaranteed to be authentic and Antique, it is possibly the finest one of its kind. Salvaged from the Scrapyard in 1961 and wonderfully cared for since, it is the first time offered. The Brass makers tags are present as is the Brass tag with the Ship's name "DILOMA" clearly stamped.
Shell Tankers, Diloma was built at Cammel, Laird & Co, Birkenhead in 1939. She was fitted with an 8 cylinder oil engine by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle. She followed a standard pattern of tankers built at the time known as the "Three Twelves", 12,000dwt, 12kts on 12 tons of bunker fuel per day. She was 465 ft long with a beam of 59ft.
February 1942 she was damaged in a collision with Empire Mist in the River Mersey, at the time she was loaded with spirit.
On 24the February 1942 she was torpedoed by U-158 in convoy ONS 67, but made port.
March 1947, she struck Hendon Rock off Sunderland w.o.p to Tyne with benzine, refloated and beached in the Humber.
November 1950 again saw the ship aground 60 miles from Congo w.o.p Curacao to Ango, refloated.
Finally scrapped in Bruges 1961.
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