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Built January 1944 by Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company, Mobile,
Alabama # 552 as "Four Lakes", for U.M.S.C.
10,172 GRT for U. S. War Shipping Administration, Mobile, Reg. leng. & breadth - 504.0 x 68.2
Tanker built by Alabama DD. & SB. Co., Mobile, Ala. month/year, completed - (01/1944)
Yard number - #268, official number - 244971
1948 - Tanker Four Lakes, Inc., Wilmington, Del. [ Texas City Refining, Inc. - managed until
ca. 1955 by Mathiasen's Tanker Industries, Inc., Philadelphia ]
1959 - lengthened by replacing cargo section with new mid-body built by American Bridge Div.,
U.S. Steel Corp., Orange, Texas, fitted by Maryland SB. & DD. Co., Baltimore,
resulting vessel 12,569 grt, 552.5' x 75.3'. delivered. 03/1959.
1971 - V. A. FOGG, Ithaca Corp., Wilmington, Del. [ Texas City Tankers Corp. - s/o ]
Destroyed by explosion, 1 Feb 1972, about 60 miles from Galveston, in 28.35.54 N-94.49.03 W,
voyage Freeport, Texas - Galveston, tank cleaning (lost with all aboard).
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "FOUR LAKES"
[ 1959 Lg & widened, 174.3/168.1 x 23 mtr, 12569 grt/19902 dwt ] -
1971 V.A. FOGG
Blew up 28.35.54 N / 94.49.3 W on 1.02.1972 (all 39 dead) whilst cleaning tanks.
"Four Lakes", during WW 2.
New midbody, launched at Maryland SB. & DD. Co., Baltimore, possible for the "Four Lakes".
( News Paper photo The Baltimore Sun )
Wreck of the "V.A. Vogg", ex. "Four Lakes".
Explosion damage to the V.A. Fogg from the USCG accident report.