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Esso Albany (II)
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ESSO ALBANY - 1941   USA      1ST (aft)     (15½)
10,097 grt for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.    503.9 x 68.3
Tanker build by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa. (11)     #217   241153
1942 - USS HOUSATONIC,U. S. Navy  (AO-35)
1946 - U. S. Maritime Commission
1947 - ESSO BETHLEHEM, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
1950 - Esso Shipping Co., Wilmington, Del.
1962 - LOS ANGELES   Sea-Land Service, Inc., Wilmington, Del. - converted to container ship -
midbody replaced and lengthened and widened   16,395 grt,  607.0 x 78.0
1963 - Beauregard, Inc., Wilmington, Del.  [Sea-Land Service, Inc.]
1964 - Litton Industries Leasing Corp., Wilmington, Del.  [Sea-Land Service, Inc.]
Dismantled in Japan, 1st quarter 1978, bow and machinery sections scrapped, midbody built in 1962
used in construction of m/v SEA-LAND PIONEER.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO ALBANY (II)"
IDNo:
5212426
Year:
1941
Name:
ESSO ALBANY
Launch Date:
02.08.1941
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
11.1941
Flag:
USA
Keel:

Tons:
10097
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
217
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
153.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.8
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-

Subsequent History:
1942 HOUSATONIC - 1947 ESSO BETHLEHEM -
[ 1962 converted to containership with new midbody,
Lg & widened 191.2 / 185.1 x 23.8 mtr, 16395 grt / 15770 dwt ] -
1962 LOS ANGELES

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Japan 1q.78 (midbody used in building SEA-LAND PIONEER 17376/78).

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
241153
5212426
1941
ESSO ALBANY
10097
Standard Oil Co., NJ.
AO-35
5212426
1941
HOUSATONIC
10097
1942
U.S. Navy
241153
5212426
1941
ESSO BETHLEHEM
10097
1947
Standard Oil Co., NJ.
241153
5212426
5212426
1941
LOS ANGELES
16395
1962
Sea-Land Service

AO-35 Housatonic ex Esso Albany (II).

Chicopee Class Fleet Oiler:
Completed in 1941 as Esso Albany under a Maritime Commission contract at Sun Shipbuilding and
Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA,, for Standard Oil of New Jersey;
Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned, USS Housatonic (AO-35), 9 January 1942;
Decommissioned 11 March 1946 at San Francisco, CA.;
Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown);
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 October 1946, for disposal;
Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 14 October 1947, to Standard Oil of New Jersey, as "Esso Bethlehem".
Commercial History :
Sold to her former owners, Standard Oil of New Jersey, 15 October 1947, renamed SS Esso Bethlehem
Sold, 15 June 1962, to Sea-Land Ships Inc., renamed SS Los Angeles
Sold, 29 March 1963, to Beauregard Inc., converted to a containership in 1963
Sold. 13 November 1964, to Litton Industries Leasing Corp.
Sold, 28 February 1975, to Reynolds Leasing Corp.
Sold, 23 March 1978, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., for scrapping of bow and stern
Sold, 1 August 1978, to Reynolds Leasing Corp., renamed SS Sea-Land Pioneer
Re-flagged Bahamian, 18 June 1989
Sold, 14 July 1989, to Intersea Operations Ltd., Inc.
Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown.

Specifications:
Displacement 5,375 t.(lt) 22,430 t.(fl); Length 520'; Beam 68'; Draft 30' 10"; Speed 16.5kts;
Complement 279; Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, four 3"/50 guns, two twin
40 mm gun mounts, two twin 20 mm gun mounts; Capacity 131,600 barrels;
Propulsion, geared turbines, single shaft. 9.000hp.

 
"Esso Albany (II)" became very shortly after 48 days of service, the USS Housatonic (AO-35).
Sisterships are "Esso Raleigh (II)", "Esso Trenton (II)" and "Esso New Orleans (II)".
 
"Esso Albany (II)".
 
"Esso Albany (II)".
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)" met USS "Ranger" (CV-4).
 
USS Housatonic (AO-35) underway, 21 October 1942, location unknown. Her camouflage is measure 12 (modified).
( US Navy photo )
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
 
USS "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
 "Esso Bethlehem", ex. "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (2)" leaving Baytown  from dock No. 2.
( Esso photo )
 "Esso Bethlehem", ex. "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (2)".
 
"Los Angeles", ex. "Esso Bethlehem", ex. "Housatonic" (AO-35) ex "Esso Albany (II)".
( Photo Copyright A. Duncan )
 
Midbody of the "Esso Albany (2)", built in 1962, was used in construction of m/v "Sea-Land Pioneer".