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The first SS "Esso New Haven" nearing New York (Sept. 22, 1944) from Puerto La Cruz.

T2-SE-A1
ESSO NEW HAVEN - 1944  USA    1TE (aft)
10,642 GRT for Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.,   504.0 x 68.2
Tanker build by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa. ,  (3/44)  #407,  245295
1950 - Esso Shipping Company, Wilmington, Del.
1960 - MARINE SULPHUR QUEEN, Marine Sulphur Transport Corp. (Marine Transport Lines, Inc.), Wilmington, Del.
    converted to molten sulphur carrier by Bethlehem Steel Co., Sparrow's Point,   7,240 grt  delivered. 01/1961.

Sisterships are Esso Camden, Esso Memphis, Esso Portland, Esso Roanoke, Esso Scranton, Esso Springfield and Esso Uttica.

 
"Esso New Haven".
 
"Esso New Haven".

The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO NEW HAVEN"
IDNo:
2245295
Year:
1944
Name:
ESSO NEW HAVEN
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
08.03.1944
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
03.1944

Tons:
10642
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
407
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
[ 1961 converted to molten sulphur carrier, 7240 grt / 15931 dwt ] -
1960 MARINE SULPHUR QUEEN

Disposal Data:
Missing - last heard 26.40 N / 88.00 W on 3.02.1963 (39 dead) [ Voyage Beaumont-Norfolk, molten sulphur ]

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
245295
2245295
1944
ESSO NEW HAVEN
10642
Standard Oil Co., (New Jersey)
245295
2245295
1944
ESSO NEW HAVEN
10642
1950
Esso Sg Co.
245295
2245295
1944
MARINE SULPHUR QUEEN
7240
1960
Marine Sulphur Tpt Corp.

Additional Information :

History and notes:
Completed by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA in March, 1944, yard hull number 407.
Converted in 1960 to carry bulk sulphur by Bethlehem Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD (7,240GRT) and renamed MARINE SULPHUR QUEEN.
On 2 February, 1963 left Beaumont, TX for Norfolk, VA with a cargo of molten sulphur. On 3 February, radio communication received
indicating position approximately 26.40N, 88W (south of Pensacola). Posted missing on 6 February; no further trace.
This is one of the modern mysteries of the sea. The entire crew of thirty-nine was lost and claims totalling some $20 million were filed
by their relatives. The loss of the vessel became the subject of a legal judgement and, after severe criticism of many concerned, a
Federal Court decision, made some seven years after the loss, awarded a multi-million dollar settlement for the lives and cargo lost.
The MARINE SULPHUR QUEEN was put into service in 1961 and made a total of sixty three voyages before her disappearance.
After several days of searching, only a few lifejackets, life rings and minor debris were found in a position south-east of Key West.
Source:
Victory Ships and Tankers: The History of the Victory type cargo ships and of the Tankers built in the United States of America
during World War II, by Leonard Arthur Sawyer and W. H. Mitchell. Published by Cornell Maritime Press, Cambridge MD.
 
"Marine Sulphur Queen", ex. "Esso New Haven".

Text with photo :
2/8/63-PORTSMOUTH, VA.: The 7,240-ton Marine Sulphur Queen (shown here in recentphoto), loaded with a ‘hot’ cargo of molten sulphur and manned by a crew of 39, was mssing 2/8 on a run between Texas and Virginia. An ‘urgent’ broadcast was flashed to surface ships to be on the lookout for the vessel, and a two-ocean air search was launched. UPI TELEPHOTO
 
"Marine Sulphur Queen", ex. "Esso New Haven".

Text with photo :
(NY 5-March 20) THE SHIP THAT NEVER CAME HOME
This is the S.S. Sulphur Queen that vanished 13 months ago with its crew of 39 men. The 524-foot tanker was carrying a cargo of 16,315 tons of molten sulphur when it sailed fron Beaumont,Tx., on Feb. 2, 1968 on n five day trip to Norfolk, Va. It was last seen on Feb. 4 in the Gulf of Mexico flying signals indicating it was not maneuverable, but not in need or help.
AP Wire photo