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Tamaha (2) - (1959-1962)
See also : Mobiloil (3) - (1943-1962)
The second "Tamaha", 10,205 dwt - USA flag, owned by Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc.,
and build in 1943 by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc., Sparrows Point, Md.
In 1959 renamed as "Tamaha".
6114 Nrt, 9145 Grt, 10205 Dwt., Scrapped 1963.
 "Tamaha (2)".
( Photo thanks to Michael Pryce )

Mobiloil
LOA 501'7", Beam 68', Depth 37',16,552 DWT, 133,989 bbls
Westinghouse turbines, cross-compound, double reduction gears, developing 4800 SHP at 85 RPM 13.7 knots.
Launched 30 December 1942 at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrows Point, Maryland, and commissioned 31 March 1943.
This MOBILOIL was built with slight modifications to the original design of the M class ships. The first vessel to bear this name was the Vacuum Oil British-flag tanker Whose name was changed to VOCO in 1931. The second MOBILOIL was built in 1937, and sunk by enemy U~boat action in 1942.
She was requisitioned by WSA on commissioning day and sent at once to the Pacific. Her log shows Majuro, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Manus and Leyte as ports of call.
On her shakedown voyage along the US east coast, circumstances led to the unofficial conclusion that MOBILOIL had accidentally rammed and rendered helpless a German U-boat, which was later captured. The incident occurred on 22 April 1943, about 35 miles southeast of Cape Lookout.
In the early hours of that day, a listening device indicated the approach of a torpedo from starboard. Course was changed, and the torpedo Was avoided. Shortly after, MOBILOIL struck an underwater object with a jolt felt throughout the ship.
Arriving in port, MOBILOIL learned that an enemy submarine with a damaged conning tower had been captured off Cape Lookout. The circumstances added up to a possibility, in the minds of the officers and men of MOBILOIL, that this damaged U-boat was the underwater object they had struck. However, the evidence was not conclusive enough for official recognition.
MOBILOIL was demobilised in November 1945, and re-entered Socony-Vacuum service.
Renamed as TAMHA in 1959 she contineud her service. In 1962 she sold as SANDS PIONT to Pacific Sg Corp.
Sold in 1963 as ELENA LISA to Pan American Tankers Corp.
Sold for breaking up in 1964.

The Miramar Ship Index for "MOBILOIL"
IDNo:
2243109
Year:
1943
Name:
MOBILOIL
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
30.12.1942
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
03.1943

Tons:
10204
Link:
-
DWT:
16552
Yard No:
4376
Length overall:
152.9
Ship Design:
LPP:
148.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Bethlehem-Sparrows Point SY
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sparrows Point
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-15

Subsequent History:
1959 TAMAHA - 1962 SANDS POINT -
1963 ELENA LISA

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Hirao 20.05.1964.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
243109
2243109
1943
MOBILOIL
10204
Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc.
243109
2243109
1943
MOBILOIL
10204
1955
Socony Mobil Oil Co Inc.
243109
2243109
1943
TAMAHA
10204
1959
Socony Mobil Oil Co Inc.
243109
2243109
1943
SANDS POINT
10204
1962
Pacific Sg Corp.
243109
2243109
1943
ELENA LISA
10204
1963
Pan American Tankers Corp.