Russian oil ship Vandal was completed and launched in 1903. Built for the Russian petroleum production company of the Nobel Brothers, she was a step ahead in the propulsion technology of the time. Along with another French oil tanker, Vandal is considered the first ship to have a diesel engine. She was also a pioneer in the use of the diesel-electric powertrain.
From 1903 till 1913, she carried crude oil and petroleum products across Russia’s river systems. As she successfully crossed the Schlüsselburg fortress on her maiden voyage from Tsaritsyn, she made way for the replacement of wasteful steam engines. She was carrying 750 tons of kerosene at the time and served on the 1,800-mile lower Volga route for a decade before being decommissioned.