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See also :  Scuba Diving Esso Nashville on 05/13/2006   ( VIDEO )  &  Convo-Routes Esso Nashville in WW2

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Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :

ESSO NASHVILLE - 1940  USA 1ST (aft)     (13)
7,943 GRT for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.   445.4 x 64.2
Tanker built by Bethlehem Steel Co., SB. Div., Sparrow's Point, Md.  (8)   #4349,  239914
Torpedoed and shelled by U 124, 21 March 1942, in 33.35 N-77.22 W, voyage Port Arthur, Texas - New Haven,
fuel oil, broke in two, forepart lost, stern towed into Morehead City and then to Baltimore, new forepart built and
returned to service March 1943
1950 - Esso Shipping Company, Wilmington, Del.
1952 - JOSHUA HENDY, Joshua Hendy Corp., Los Angeles
1959 - HELEN, Olympic Transport, Ltd., New York  [M. E. & N. E. Kulukundis]
Broken up at Onomichi 1963, work began 10.2.63 ( laid up at Innoshima since 04.1960 ).
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO NASHVILLE"
IDNo:
2239914
Year:
1940
Name:
ESSO NASHVILLE
Launch Date:
15.06.1940
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
08.1940
Flag:
USA
Keel:

Tons:
7943
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
4349
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
135.8
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
19.6
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sparrow's Point
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-13

Subsequent History:
1952 JOSHUA HENDY - 1959 HELEN

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Onomichi 10.02.1963.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
239914
2239914
1940
ESSO NASHVILLE
7943
Standard Oil Co., NJ.
239914
2239914
1940
JOSHUA HENDY
7943
1952
Joshua Hendy Corp.
239914
2239914
1940
HELEN
7943
1959
M.& N. Kulukundis

Sisterships are "R.W. Gallagher", "Esso Baltimore", "Esso Baton Rouge" and "Esso Charleston".

"Esso Nashville" after her launch in 1940. Sold in 1952 as "Joshua Hendy", sold in 1959 as "Helen".
Scrapped at Onomichi 10.02.1963.
What left of the "Esso Nashville", after torpedo attack, March 21, 1942.
"Esso Nashville" in dry dock after losing fore ship during a torpedo attack in 1942, being rebuild.
"Esso Nashville" in dry dock, completing with new fore ship.
"Esso Nashville" after rechristening in March 16, 1943.
"Esso Nashville" after rebuilding in 1943.
"Esso Nashville" under way loaded and with deck cargo consisting of jeeps, trucks and tanks.
 
"Joshua Hendy", ex. "Esso Nashville".
( Photo thanks to Harold E. Tartell )
 
"Joshua Hendy", ex. "Esso Nashville".
( Photo thanks to Harold E. Tartell )
"Esso Nashville", seen here as "Helen".

Additional Information from Uboat.net :

Name: Esso Nashville
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 7.934 tons
Completed: 1940 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD
Owner: Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York
Homeport: Wilmington
Date of attack: 21 Mar, 1942
Nationality: American
Fate: Damaged by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position: 33.35N, 77.22W - Grid DC 1418
- See location on a map -
Complement: 37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).
Convoy: -
Route: Port Arthur, Texas (16 Mar) - New Haven, Connecticut
Cargo: 106.718 barrels of fuel oil
History: -
Notes on loss:
At 06.08 hours on 21 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Esso Nashville (Master Edward V. Peters) was hit by one torpedo from  U-124 about 16 miles northeast of the Frying Pan Lightship Buoy, while steering on a nonevasive course at 13 knots. The torpedo was fired from about 900 yards and struck the starboard side forward of the crew quarters and about five feet from the stem, but did not detonate. One minute later a second torpedo struck amidships about ten feet below the waterline. The explosion lifted the vessel out of the water, broke her back and showered the deck with hot oil. The crew of eight officers and 29 men abandoned ship in all four lifeboats. Eight survivors in two lifeboats were picked up by the American high-speed transport USS McKean (APD 5) and taken to  Norfolk, Virginia, the next day. 21 survivors were picked up by the US Coast Guard cutter USS Tallapoosa (WPG 52) and landed in Savannah. The remaining eight survivors, including the master who had fallen into the water and climbed back on board the ship, were picked up by the US Coast Guard cutter USS Agassiz (WPC 126) and landed at Southport, North Carolina.
For several hours the tanker was held together by deck plating and pipe lines only, then the tanker completely broke in two. The bow section sank and the afterpart was towed to Morehead City by the American fleet tug USS Umpqua (ATO 25). On 1 June, the Esso Nashville was towed to Baltimore, Maryland, where a new bow section was fitted to the ship and went back to service on 16 Mar, 1943.