Source : ( January-February 1950 issue of the Shipyard Bulletin, which was the publication for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company )
The Esso New York, ninth of ten tankers in the current construction program for Esso world-wide service, was launched from Shipway 8 on February 9, 1950. The vessel was christened by Mrs. John W. Brice of Bronxville, New York, wife of a director of the Standard Oil of Co. (New Jersey).
The launching was scheduled for 11:30 A.M., but in the early part of the morning the time was changed to 11:45 A.M. Mrs. Brice, the Sponsor, had arrived the previous day; however, the train bearing the launching party from New York to Richmond had been delayed. Even with the fifteen-minute delay the group arrived only a few minutes before the vessel was christened.
The usual luck in the weather for the launchings of ten previous tankers almost held out. The sky had been overcast for most of the morning but no rain had fallen.
Shortly before the christening ceremony a sliglit drizzle of rain had begun. This however did not dampen the hull of the Esso New York nearly as much the splash of champagne accompanied by Mrs. Brice's lusty swing of the bottle.
Adding color to the occasion were the members of the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, band. This group included a tour of the Shipyard and Mariners Museum in the itinerary of their Peninsula visit.
The Esso New Tork is the last sliding launching that will take place in our plant for many months to come.
The only two vessels presently contracted for are being constructed in the building docks.
The out-of-town guests for the launching of the Essa New York included the following:
Miss Scotty Brice and Master Johnny Brice, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Finney, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hoberg, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Salnikov, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Conrad, C. T. Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. Wortham Davenport, Mrs. Edna Welch, Mrs. Philip Hiden, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Wright, Walter K. Link, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Hill, S. P. Coleman, Miss Jean Douglas Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Howard, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Suman, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Gamble, James Crayhon, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. LeConey, W. Z. Gardner, and A. Warner Melvin.