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See also : Third lengthening "Sasstown"

T2-SE-A1
Built February 1943 by Sun Shipbuilding Company, Chester, Pennsylvania,
for Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., New York, # 339
Launched as HOBKIRK'S HILL
1953 - HESS FUEL, Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.
1954 - lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore, Md.,11,621 grt,  545.0 x 68.2'
1955 - Hess Tankship Co., Wilmington, Del.  [Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy]
1963 - SASSTOWN, Timbo Shipping, Ltd., Monrovia [Rector Shipping, Inc., New York], LI ,1876
  lengthened by replacement of bow and cargo section with new forebody built by Mitsubishi Nippon
Heavy Industries, Ltd., Yokohama,  resulting vessel,  15,744 grt, 581.8 x 82.2' delivered 12/1963
Broken up at Alang 1993 by Ganpatrai Jaigopal,
arrived 17.10.1993, work began 28.10.1993.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "CONASTOGA"
IDNo:
2242867
Year:
1943
Name:
CONASTOGA
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
31.01.1943
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
02.1943

Tons:
10198
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
277
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:
[ Launched as HOBKIRK'S HILL ] - 1953 HESS FUEL -
[ 1954 Lg 11621 grt ][ 1963 Lg & widened 15744 grt ] -
1963 SASSTOWN

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Alang 17.10.1993.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
242867
2242867
1943
HOBKIRK'S HILL
10198
U.S. Govt
242867
2242867
1943
CONASTOGA
10198
1942
Socony-Vacuum Oil
242867
2242867
1943
HESS FUEL
11621
1953
Hess
1876
2242867
1943
SASSTOWN
15744
1963
Rector Sg.

Conastoga (II), ex Hobkirk's Hill - 1943
LOA 523' 6", Beam 68', Depth 39' 3", 16.752 DWT, 141,158 bbis
General Electric turbo-electric 2300 Vac 6000 SHP at 90 RPM 14.6 knots
Launched 21 January 1943 at Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, and commissioned 19 February as "Hobkirk's Hill".
Purchased by Socony-Vacuum 27 March 1943.
As a T2 tanker, conastoga supported the build-up for the Normandy invasion by shuttling between the US and England in transatlantic convoys. Later, she supported the Pacific Islands campaigns, supplying fuel to the great fleet of amphibious landing craft that was always in the vanguard of the island invasions.
She returned to Portland, Maine, in January 1946. After reconditioning she served in the domestic Socony-Vacuum fleet until June 1953, when she was sold to Hess Tanker Company, who renamed her "Hess Fuel".

 "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
 
"Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)", seen here at Philadelphia.
( Photo Collection: Edward O. Clark )
( Source: Steamship Historical Society of America )
 "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)"
 
"Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)"
( Photo Collection Stuart Smith )
 
"Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)"
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)", in 1991
at St. Croix U.S. Virgin Island.
 I, Giancarlo, was onboard as an Oiler.
( Photo thanks to Giancarlo Baudoino )
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)", in 1991
at St. Croix U.S. Virgin Island.
( Photo thanks to Harold E. Tartell )
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)".
( Photo Copyright W. Schell )
 
"Sasstown", ex. "Hess Fuel", ex. "Conastoga (III)", ex. "Hobkirk's Hill (I)", at Montreal, Canada, August 1971.
( Photo Copyright René Beauchamp )