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
Keel laid -
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)
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")
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 -
* 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* By 1964 at the age of 20 years the aging tanker was withdrawn from service and sent to the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company drydock in Newport News, Virginia for rebuilding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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