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Nodaway / West Ranch
See also : The Collision between the Dynafuel and Fernview, November 14 th, 1963 - Part 1
See also : The Collision between the Dynafuel and Fernview, November 14 th, 1963 - Part 2

T1-MT-BT1
Klickitat Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, (date unknown), as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-BT1) tanker hull, under a Maritime
Commission contract, at St Johns River Shipbuilding, Jacksonville, FL.;
Built on Maritime Construction contract, Navy order cancelled after launch, re-named WEST RANCH, sold incomplete,
completed by Merrill-Stevens DD & Repair Co., Jacksonville, Fla.  06-1946 as :
1946 - DYNAFUEL, Sun Oil Company, Philadelphia
Collided with Nrw. m/v FERNVIEW, 14 Nov 1963, 2 miles off Buzzards Bay, Mass., voyage Newington, N.H. - Newark,
N.J., in ballast, capsized and sank next day in 42.28.12 N-70.50.42 W, wreck subsequently floated upside
down and towed to New Bedford for scrapping.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "Nodaway / West Ranch"
IDNo:
5095309
Year:
1946
Name:
DYNAFUEL
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
14.04.1945
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
06.1946

Ton:
3100
Link:
-
DWT:
4200
Yard No:
86
Length overall:
99.1
Ship Design:
T1-M-BT1
LPP:
94.2
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
14.8
Builder:
St.John's River
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Jacksonville
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1D-10

Subsequent History:
[ Launched as NODAWAY > WEST RANCH ]

Disposal Data:
Collision Buzzards Bay 14.11.1963 & sank 42.28.12 N / 70.50.42 W 15.11.1963. [ Voyage Newington-Newark ]

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
AOG-67
2249771
1946
NODAWAY
3100
1945
U.S. Navy.
249771
2249771
1946
WEST RANCH
3100
1946
U.S. Govt.
249771
2249771
1946
DYNAFUEL
3100
1946
Sun Oil Co.

 
"Dynafuel", ex. "West Ranch", ex. "Nodaway".
 
"Dynafuel", ex. "West Ranch", ex. "Nodaway".
( Photograph courtesy by Sun Oil Co. )

 Fiery Freighter-Tanker Collision
By James Donahue
Fog and the reckless actions of a pilot on the Norwegian freighter Fernview were blamed for a fiery collision with the tanker Dynafuel off the New England coast on Nov. 14, 1963, U. S. Coast Guard helicopters removed the injured sailors and surface craft evacuated all of the others and extinguished the fires that broke out on both vessels. The Coast Guard actions could not save the Dynafuel, however, which capsized and sank.
The pilot aboard the Fernview, Ellis W. Hildreth, was found guilty of negligence by a Coast Guard examiner during a hearing in Baltimore. The official report found that Heldreth failed to navigate the freighter at a moderate speed in fog, contributing to the collision with the U.S. tanker Dynafuel in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.
The 309-foot tanker was outbound in the main channel, in ballast, when the crash occurred at 6:55 a.m. The 510-foot-long Fernview was traveling northeast from New York, bound to Boston with general cargo.

The master of the Dynafuel testified that he picked up the image of the approaching freighter on his radar and attempted to avoid a pending crash. He turned his vessel, then threw his engines in reverse, bringing the ship to where it was dead in the water when the Fernview's bow emerged from the gloom and rammed the tanker amidships.
The larger freighter penetrated the port side of the tanker just aft of the midships deck house. Four sailors on the tanker were hurt, but there were no deaths.
A board of inquiry found that the Fernview was moving at 18 knots, and that the ship's radar was restricted by large booms mounted on the side of the hull. Consequently, the pilot was unaware that another vessel was nearby until minutes before impact.
Even though the tanker was in ballast, that is her diesel tanks were empty and she was running with ballast tanks full of water, there were enough fumes to cause a fire. Both ships burned.
The Fernview was able to return to New York harbor under its own power after the fire was extinguished. The ship was not only repaired, but in 1970 was extended by one container section. She was owned by a Saudi Shipping Line until 1986 when it was sent to India for breaking.