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Built June 1945 by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California,
as "Huntigton Hills" # 2540, for U.M.S.C.
10,441 GRT for U. S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco 503.9 x 68.1
Tanker built by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, Calif. (6/45) #86 248127
1948 - W. E. DOWNING, State Fuel Co., Boston (mgd. by Mathiasen's Tanker Industries, Inc., Philadelphia]
1953 - HESS DIESEL, Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.
1954 - lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore, 11,545 grt, 544.9'
1955 - Hess Tankship Co., Wilmington, Del. [Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy]
1961 - Lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Bethlehem Steel Co.,
SB. Div., Sparrow's Point, Md., fitted by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore (Key Highway Yard),
resulting vessel 14,035 grt, 585.9 x 75.3', dlvd. 12/61
1966 - THALIA, Commerce Tankers Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Milton Pilalas & Co., New York]
1971 - WILLIAM J. FIELDS, Tanker Four Lakes, Inc., Wilmington, Del. [Texas City Tankers Corp., Texas City]
1971 - Syracuse Corp., Wilmington, Del. [do.]
1975 - MOUNT EXPLORER, Cove Tankers Corp., New York [Mount Shipping, Inc.]
1978 - COVE EXPLORER, Cove Carriers, Inc., New York [Cove Shipping, Inc.]
Broken up at Gadani Beach 1983 by MEC Shipbreakers, Ltd., arr. Karachi 13.6.83 for delivery,
work began 15.11.83
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "HUNTINGTON HILLS"
1948 W.E. DOWNING -
1953 HESS DIESEL - [ 1954 Lg 11545 grt ] -
[ 1961 Lg & widened 14035 grt ] - 1966 THALIA -
1971 WILLIAM J. FIELDS - 1975 MOUNT EXPLORER -
1978 COVE EXPLORER
Scrapped at Gadani Beach 13.06.1983.
"W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills".
( Photo & Copyright Chas Betts )
US-flag tanker "COVE EXPLORER" as shown while underway on the Mississipi River at
New Orleans in October 1980. She was built in 1944 as the T2 tanker "HUNTINGTON HILLS"
for the US Maritime Commission and had a host of names from 1948 and a rebuild in 1961
before becoming Cove Shipping's "COVE EXPLORER".