SS Dordogne

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United Kingdom; France
  • SS San Isidoro;
  • SS Dordogne[3]
BuilderArmstrong Whitworth[2][4]
Yard number852[1]
Launched17 Dec 1913[2]
CompletedMar 1914
Out of service1940[2]
IdentificationIMO number 1136646[1]
FateScuttled 18 June 1940[2]
General characteristics
Class and typeOil tanker
Displacement7,333 tons; 12,500 DWT[5]
Length530 ft (160 m)[5]
Beam66 ft 6 in (20.27 m)[5]
Draught29 ft (8.8 m)[5]
Installed power4,100 IHP[5]
Propulsionsingle shaft driven by steam engine with two boilers[5]
Speed11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)[5]

SS Dordogne was a steam-powered oil tanker that served the French Navy.[3] She was formerly a British merchant ship, SS San Isidoro, of the Eagle Oil Transport Company.


In 1912 Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray founded the Eagle Oil Transport Company to transport oil from his Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company's oilfields in Mexico to the United Kingdom. The company ordered a fleet of 20 tankers from British shipyards. They included the sister ships San Isidoro and San Onofre from Armstrong Whitworth at Hebburn on the River Tyne in north-east England.

The French government bought SS San Isidoro in the year she was launched[1] and renamed her Dordogne.[2] She was scuttled at Brest in the Fall of France on 18 June 1940.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Helder, Kees (17 January 2007). "San Isidoro". Helder Line. Kees Helder. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Le Masson 1969, p. 82.
  3. ^ a b c Le Masson 1969, pp. 80, 82.
  4. ^ "SS San Isidoro (1914)". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Le Masson 1969, p. 80.


  • Le Masson, Henri (1969). The French Navy. Navies of the Second World War. 2. London: MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. pp. 80–82. ISBN 9780356023847.