X.199

Name: X.199

Class: 105.5 foot, powered; Nos X.1 - X.200

Launch Date: 1915

Builder: Head Wrightson, Middlesbrough

Yard No:

Engine: BOL

Screws: 1

Other Information:

Builder could possibly be W. Dobson & Co, Newcastle

1916 PRAWN and converted to oil/water carrier

1921 SHELL MEX 3 (ON 145266)

LR1940 owned by Shell-Mex & B.P. Ltd. and ascribed to Dobson, completed 1916 then with a 2cyl.supplied by J. Pollock, Sons & Co., Faversham

Re-engined 1957 with a 5cyl. by Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln (made 1947)

1968 sold to Pounds Shipowning & Shipbreaking Ltd.

1971 sold to N. W. Woods, Gosport and converted to a dredger

06/05/1974 sank off Hayling Island

1975 broken up at Hayling Island


From David Asprey:-

I came across the registration papers for oil tank barge SHELL MEX No.3 (ON 145266).

Note registered version of name as as above (rather than SHELL MEX 3)

122grt 111nrt  105.8 x 21.1 x 7.4ft
definitely claims builder was William Dobson & Co, Low Walker [I assume that X199 is confirmed correct]
Bolinders engine 40bhp 4kn
1921 registered to Shell-Mex Ltd, London
Re-engining by Ruston was either done in 1947 or was a 1947-made engine being installed in 1957.  M5cy 90bhp 6kn…
1967 Pounds Shipowners & Shipbreakers Ltd, portsmouth
1970 Norman Woods, Gosport


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X-Lighter Classes/numbering:

X.001 – X.200: 105.5 foot, powered

X.201 – X.225: 98 foot, powered

DX.001 – DX.025: 98 foot, dumb

MISC.001 – MISC.003: Vessels believed to be former X-lighters, origins untraced

Engine Abbreviations:

‘BOL’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by J. & C. G. Bolinders Co., Stockholm

‘SVE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by J. V. Svensin, Augustendal (Avance design)

‘BEAR’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Wm. Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir</p>

‘CAMP’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by The Campbell Gas Engine Co. Ltd., Halifax

‘PLE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Plenty & Son, Newbury (Kromhout design)

‘SKAN’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Skandia