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Healdton - (1916-1917)
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SS HEALDTON was a American Steam Tanker of 4,489 tons built in 1908 by Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co,
Greenock as the SS PURELIGHT for the Purelight Steamship Company, Hamburg. In 1911 she was acquired by Pure Oil
Co., Hamburgand in 1916 was purchased by Standard Oil Company, Bayonne NJ and renamed SS HEALDTON.
On the 21st March 1917 she was torpedoed by German submarine when on route from Philadelphia for Rotterdam.
Crew rescued by Dutch torpedoboat G13 and Dutch trawler Java, after 17 hours of exposure.
( Photo thanks to Lee Thompson )
The Miramar Ship Index for "PURELIGHT"
Torpedoed and sunk 53.53 N / 4.28 E on 21.03.1917. [ Voyage Philadelphia-Rotterdam, oil ]
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
PURELIGHT - 1908 GE 1T (11½)
4,489 GRT for Purelight Steamship Co. A.G., Hamburg, 369.0 x 50.9
Tanker build by Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co., Greenock, (8), #307
1911 - Pure Oil Co., G.m.b.H., Hamburg (at Rotterdam, August 1914)
1916 - HEALDTON, Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), Bayonne, N.J., US, 213893
Torpedoed and sunk on 21 March 1917, 25 miles north of Terschelling ( 53.53 N - 04.28 E ),
voyage Philadelphia - Rotterdam, oil.