Mobiloil - New York, U.S.A.

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The 1959-built, 32,730-dwt, 18,616-grt oil tanker Mobiloil is seen in this photograph while she was underway off Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. during October of 1976. Photograph by Ray Thorsteinson courtesy Marc Piche.

She was built in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company for the Socony Mobil Oil Company Inc., of New York, NY, U.S.A. as Mobiloil. She was their hull number 616 and was the second of two sisterships built for Socony Mobil Oil during 1959. Mobiloil's predacessor was hull number 615, Mobil Aero. Mobiloil was fitted with 2, General Electric steam turbine engines that could produce up to 17,600 horsepower. They were connected through reduction gearing to a single shaft and were capable of pushing the 641' x 84'3" x 45'0" ship along at speeds in excess of 17 knots.

On March 19th, 1983 Mobiloil ran aground near St. Helens, Oregon while she was inbound in the Columbia River from March Point to Portland, Oregon. At the time of the accident she was loaded with oil which subsequently leaked out and caused a considerable spill. She was refloated on March 26th and placed into layup "as is" on the Columbia River. Shortly thereafter though the Mobil Oil Corporation sold the damaged ship to Bomar Resources, U.S.A. who inturn resold the ship for scrapping in Taiwan. Mobiloil departed the Columbia River under tow on September 13th, 1984 and she arrived at Kaohsiung on November 10th where she was subsequently run up on the scrapping beach. Finally on November 20th crews from Kuo Dar Steel & Iron Enterprises Co. Ltd., began dismantling the well travelled hull and the scrap steel was shipped away for recycling.

Information courtesy Marine News - The World Ship Society
Lloyds Registers - Lloyds of London and the American Bereau of Shipping

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Posted: November 14, 2002       Last Revised: December 23, 2002
Photo by Ray Thorsteinsen courtesy Marc Piche - Copyright © - 1976, 2002

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