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

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  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

PARTICULARS

  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")

CONSTRUCTION

  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 - Viewer contributions

* 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 Society

Contributions also by - American Bureau of Shipping & Dan MacLellan

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