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Esso Potomac - (1955-1963)
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Coastal Tanker POTOMAC ex. ESSO POTOMAC-63, ex. ESSO DELIVERY No.12-55, ex. COLONIAL BEACON-48 (1224/27).
Built by Sun Ship Building & Dry Dock Company, Chester. Yard No: 105.
Taken on the Rio Guayas in the 80 ties. Owned by NAVIPAC S.A., Guayaguil.
( Photo by Marcus Berger )

M/T ESSO DELIVERY NO. 12
Built in 1927, by Sun Shipbuilding of Chester, Pennsylvania (hull #105) as the Colonial Beacon for Beacon Oil of Bayonne, New Jersey.
In 1948, she was acquired by Esso Shipping of Wilmington, Delaware. Where she was renamed as the Esso Delivery No. 12. However, in 1955 the unit was renamed as the Esso Potomac.
In 1963, when Esso Shipping declared the unit obsolete. She was acquired by Interstate Oil Transport of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Potomac.
She was the first self-propelled barge or "self-propellers" that were operated by Interstate Oil Transport. She was purchased for $25,000 dollars.
The transaction included two spare stainless steel shafts and two stainless steel propellers (these items alone were worth the purchase price of $25,000).
Although she had been repowered a survey showed that a number of sound plates and internal structures, as well as significant replacements of plating in the internal tanks. Twenty five percent of the deck, side, and bottom plating required replacement. She was also suffering from an exhaust leak in the engine room.
She was scrapped in 1992.

Vessel Name: M/T ESSO DELIVERY NO. 12
Vessel Service: TANK SHIP
Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
Hull Material: STEEL
Hull Number: 105
Ship Builder: Sun Shipbuilding
Year Built: 1927
Hailing Port: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
Gross Tonnage: 9005
Previous Vessel Names:
Colonial Beacon, Esso Delivery No. 12, Esso Potomac, Potomac
Previous Vessel Owners:
Beacon Oil, Esso Shipping, Interstate Oil Transport

Ship Report for "COLONIAL BEACON"
IDNo:
5108247
Year:
1927
Name:
COLONIAL BEACON
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
11.06.1927
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
06.1927

Tons:
1224
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
105
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
75.0
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
12.2
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
2D-8.5

Subsequent History:
1948 ESSO DELIVERY No.12 - 1955 ESSO POTOMAC -
1963 POTOMAC

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Callao 1992.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
226701
5108247
1927
COLONIAL BEACON
1224
Beacon Oil Co.
226701
5108247
1927
COLONIAL BEACON
1224
1931
Colonial Beacon Oil Co.
226701
5108247
1927
ESSO DELIVERY No.12
1224
1948
Esso Standard Oil Co.
226701
5108247
1927
ESSO POTOMAC
1224
1955
Esso Standard Oil Co.
226701
5108247
5108247
1927
ESSO POTOMAC
1224
1960
Humble Oil & Refining Co.
226701
5108247
5108247
1927
POTOMAC
1224
1963
Tangier Marine Tpt Co.
5108247
5108247
1927
POTOMAC
1224
1968
South American & Central American Petroleum & Chemical Corp.
5108247
5108247
1927
POTOMAC
1224
1969
Hemisphere (Carol) Ltd.
5108247
5108247
1927
POTOMAC
1224
1972a
Caribem Investment Co Ltd.
5108247
5108247
1927
POTOMAC
1224
1972b
Navipac SA

Additional information :

COLONIAL BEACON - 1927   USA   2M (aft)     (8½)
1,224 GRT for Beacon Oil Company, Boston    246.2 x 40.1
Tanker vuild by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa.   (6)     #105     226701
1931 - Colonial Beacon Oil Co., Boston, USA
1948 - ESSO DELIVERY No. 12,  Esso Standard Oil Co., New York,USA
1955 - ESSO POTOMAC, s/o
1960 - Humble Oil & Refining Co., Wilmington, Del.
1963 - POTOMAC, Tangier Marine Transport Co., Wilmington, Del.  (Philadelphia)
1968 - So. American & Central American Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Panama  [Petroleum Heat & Power Co., Philadelphia],  PA
1969 - Hemisphere (Carol), Ltd., Panama  [Hemisphere Associates, Inc., New York]
1972 - Caribem Investment Co., Ltd., Guayaquil [Ernesto Escobar Pallares, Nassau], EC
1972 - Navipac, S.A., Guayaquil  [Ernesto Escobar Pallares]          
Reported 1992, broken up at Callao.

Additional information :

Registry & Rig Information
Vessel Name:
COLONIAL BEACON
Nationality
U.S.
Official Number:
226701
Rig:
Propeller

Dimensions & Tonnage
Vessel Length:
246.16
Gross Tonnage:
1224.00
Vessel Width:
40.00
Net Tonnage:
727.00
Vessel Height
14.50
Hull Material:
Steel
Masts:
Hull Number:
00105

Builder Information
Place of Build:
Chester, PA
Builder:
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
Date of Build
1927

Name Changes
Vessel Name:
Date:
Registry
Official #
ESSO DELIVERY NO. 12
1948 - 1955
U.S.
226701
ESSO POTOMAC
1955 - 1963
U.S.
226701
POTOMAC
1963 - 1968
U.S.
226701
POTOMAC
1968 - 1971
PANAMA
POTOMAC
1971
ECUADOR

Ownership Changes
Owner Name
Date
Registry
Official #
Beacon Oil Co. (MA) Everett, MA U.S.
1927 - 1931
U.S.
226701
Colonial Beacon Oil Co. Everett, MA U.S.
1931 - 1948
U.S.
226701
Esso Standard Oil Co. New York, NY U.S.
1948 - 1960
U.S.
226701
Humble Oil & Refining Co. New York, NY U.S.
1960 - 1963
U.S.
226701
Tangier Marine Transport Co. Philadelphia, PA U.S.
1963 - 1968
U.S.
226701
William F. Norton Wilmington, DE U.S.
1968 - 1968
U.S.
226701
South American & Central American Petroleum & Chemical Corp.
Panama
1968 - 1971
PANAMA
Bergeron Machine Panama
1971 - 1971
PANAMA
Cabibem Investment Co., Ltd. Guayaquil, Ecuador
1971 - 1981
ECUADOR
Navipac S.A. Guayaquil, Ecuador
1981
ECUADOR

Rebuild History
Tonnage change, 1952 (1228 gross - 804 net). Tonnage change, 1981 (1224 gross - 804 net).