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O.B. Jennings - (1917-1918)
See also : OIL SHIP CRASH COST 37 LIVES  & TANKER SUNK BY SUBMARINE

 
"O.B. Jennings", with temporarily repairs after her collision with the "War Knight" March 1981.
she is one of  the Standard Oil Company's fleet.
She was later sunk by a German submarine off the U.S. Atlantic coast.
( Photo thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn )
 
"O.B. Jennings", with temporarily repairs
( Photo thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn )
 
Picture of the "O.B.Jennings" on fire in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight. If you look carefully you can just see the aft of the ship,
with smoke coming out of the funnel !  It doesn't show much of the ship unfortunately, but at least it gives a good idea of
what an intense and terrifying fire this must have been.
The "O.B. Jennings" had colided with the "War Knight", on March 24 in 1918.
36 sailors of the "War Knight" lost their lives and 1 sailor of the "O.B. Jennings".
( Photo by Flight Sub Lt. Richard Alexander NICHOLSON )
( Photo thanks to Paul Donnellan )
 
The second photograph is a picture of Sub Flight Lt ELLIOTT walking downhill from viewing the fire.
This was probably taken on Culver Down which would have been a great vantage point to view the fire.
These photographs were taken on 31st March, 1918.
( Photo by Flight Sub Lt. Richard Alexander NICHOLSON )
( Photo thanks to Paul Donnellan )

The O.B. Jennings was built in 1917.
Like here 6 sisters she was buil by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company.
Colided with the "War Knight", on March 24 in 1918, abanded, salvaged, but repaired.
Lost after being captured, shelled and sunk by U 140, on 4 Aug 1918.
Position where the "O.B. Jennigs", was lost.

The 7 by Standard Oil of New Jersey ordered ships, to be built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company,
Newport News VA, were;
Charles Pratt
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
18-Mar-1916
Torpedoed and lost 1940
H.H. Rogers
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
25-May-1916
Torpedoed and lost 1943
Antwerpen
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
24-Aug-1916
To American Petroleum Comp. Lost 1916
Standard
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
18-Feb-1916
Scrapped 1954
Wm. G. Warden
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
2-Feb-1917
Scrapped 1947
F.Q. Barstow
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
12-Apr-1917
Scrapped 1946
O.B. Jennings
Standard Oil Co. of NJ
Tanker
31-Oct-1917
Torpedoed and lost 1918
The "Antwerpen" was built for the American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam, the others went to the Panama Transport Comp.

Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :

1917. O. B. JENNINGS     USA   2T (aft)  (10½)
10,290 Grt for Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), Bayonne, N.J., 500.0 x 68.2
Tanker build by Newport News SB. & DD. Co., Inc., Newport News, Va.,  (10), #201, 215588
Captured, shelled and sunk by U 140, 4 Aug 1918, in 36.40 N -73.58 W,
voyage Plymouth - Newport News.

The Miramar Ship Index for "O.B. JENNINGS"
IDNo:
2215588
Year:
1917
Name:
O.B. JENNINGS
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
25.08.1917
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
10.1917

Ton:
10290
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
201
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
152.4
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.8
Builder:
Newport News SB
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Newport News
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
2T-10.5

Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Captured, shelled and sunk 36.40 N / 73.58 W On 04.08.1918 [ Voyage Plymouth - Newport News ]

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
215588
2215588
1917
O.B. JENNINGS
10290
-
Standard Oil Co of New Jersey