TEXAS CLIPPER - Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
Call sign - KVWA
IMO number - 5110616
Owner - Government of the U.S.A.
Location - Photographed while she was underway in the St. Lawrence River near d'Iberville, Quebec, Canada
Photograph Date - 28 June 1988
Photographer - Rene Beauchamp - (Willem VanMaanen's collection)
Added to archive - 21 Feb 2003
Last updated - 22 Feb 2003
Keel laid -
Delivered - 1944
(a) Queens - U.S.A. (1948)
(b) Excambion - U.S.A. (1965)
(c) Texas Clipper - U.S.A.
As of February 2003 Texas Clipper was still
being held in reserve
Ship type - General cargo / training ship
Gross tonnage - 9,644
Net tonnage - 5,313
Deadweight tonnage - 7,347
L.O.A. - 144.20 meters (451'9")
L.B.P. - 137.17 meters (450'0")
Width overall - 20.25 meters (66'1")
Width moulded - 20.12 meters (66'0")
Draught - 8.47 meters (38'8")
Depth - 12.96 meters (42'6")
Yard name - Bethlehem Steel Company - Sparrows Point shipyard
Country - Sparrows Point, Maryland, U.S.A.
Hull number - 4421
Engine builder - Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusettes, U.S.A.
Number of engines - 2
Engine type - Babcock & Wilcox steam turbines
Horsepower - 8,800 shp (6,473 kW)
Speed - 16.5 knots
Bow/stern thuster hp - none
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, managers, accidents, conversions, cargoes,
voyages, sightings or corrections etc -
* Built by the Bethlehem Steel Company at their Sparrows Point shipyard as the C3-S-A3 type cargo ship
* Before she was completed as a cargo ship she was re-assigned for military use and completed to their specifications (these are unknown)
* In 1944 she entered service as Queens along with three other C3-S-A3 type military class cargo ships from the Sparrows Point yard. They were
named Exminster (hull #4395), Adair (hull #4396), Dauphin (hull #4419) and Dutchess (hull #4420)
* Sold in 1948 to the American Export Lines Inc., New York and renamed Excambion
* As of late in 2002 Texas Clipper was still laid up at the MARAD anchorage facility at Beaumont, Texas along with a number of other former World War II tankers and general cargo ships.
* It is likely that she will soon be sold for scrapping
Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship SocietyContributions also by - American Bureau of Shipping & Dan MacLellan
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