TEXACO Mississippi - Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.       Call sign - KWEQ     IMO number - 5357202     Owner - Texaco Inc., U.S.A.

Location - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada - Sailing northbound in the Welland Canal     Photograph Date - May 1974    
Photographer - Unknown - (Willem VanMaanen's collection     Added to archive - 18 Feb 2003     Last updated - 18 Feb 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  Delivered - February 1944

  (a) South Mountain - U.S.A. (1950)
  (b) Mississippi - U.S.A. (1959)
  (c) Texaco Mississippi - U.S.A. (1990)
  (d) Star Mississippi - U.S.A. (1992)
  (e) Star Mist - U.S.A.

  Scrapped at Alang, India in 1992/93
  Scrap price - $195.00/ldt or $1,382,000 (US)

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Oil products tanker
  Gross tonnage - 15,688
  Net tonnage - 11,296
  Deadweight tonnage - 26,588
  L.O.A. - 190.05 meters (623'6")
  L.B.P. - 181.06 meters (594'0")
  Width overall - 22.64 meters (74'3")
  Width moulded - 22.56 meters (74'0")
  Draught - 10.21 meters (33'6")
  Depth - 13.26 meters (43'6")

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Stern - Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company
Hull & bow - Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
  Country - U.S.A.
  Hull number - 303 (stern)
  Engine builder - Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine types - Westinghouse oil fired steam engines
  Horsepower - 6,000 shp (4,413 kW)
  Speed - 14.5 knots
  Bow/stern thuster hp - none

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, managers, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* Originally built in World War II for the U.S. Maritime Administration as the T2-SE-A1 tanker South Mountain
* Built by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
* Following the end of the war she was presumably laid up with the thousands of other wartime merchant ships at ports around the U.S.A.
* In 1950 she was sold for merchant service and was renamed Mississippi by unknown owners in the U.S.A.
* In 1959 she was sold to Texaco and renamed Texaco Mississippi
* By 1964 at the age of 20 years the aging tanker was withdrawn from service and sent to the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company drydock in Newport News, Virginia for rebuilding
* A new and much larger bow and forebody had been built there and it was welded to the original T2-SA-A1 stern just ahead of the engineroom bulkhead
* She emerged in 1965 under the same name with the dimensions and tonnages that are shown above still bearing the name Texaco Mississippi
* The original T2 hull was cut in half down the centerline and sunk to form a jetty near the Newport News drydock
* She was owned by Texaco Refining Inc., U.S.A. until October of 1992 when she was sold to Eastern Overseas Inc., U.S.A. and renamed Star Mist
* It is unlikely that she ever traded under that name though since she was sold for scrapping almost immediately therafter
* 20 November 1992 she arrived off Alang, India and anchored
* She was beached a few days later where she was subsequently reduced to scrap

Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
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