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Esso Trenton (II)
A "Look A Like" T2-Tanker
See also : NEW STANDARD OIL TANKERS & Short History of the Esso Trenton (II) / TS Chicopee (A0-34) & Esso Chattanooga
"Esso Trenton (II)", hull number : 218, was launched on 09/06/1941 and sponsored by Mrs. N.L.Lank. She was acquired by the Navy
on 01/03/1942 and commissioned 02/09/1942 with Cmdr. G. Bannerman in command. She was decommissioned at Mare Island
and sold through the Maritime Commission on 07/01/1946.
"USS Chicopee (AO 34)" was build as "Esso Trenton (II)", seen here at Oran, Algeria, 24 May 1944.
"USS Chicopee (AO 34)" ex. "Esso Trenton (II)" underway in the Mediterraean Sea enroute to Casablanca,
Morocco, 2 June 1944
USS Chicopee (AO 34) ex Esso Trenton (II) during underway refueling of a destroyer, date and place unknown.
USS Chicopee (AO-34) coming alongside USS Ranger (CV-4) during February 1943.
Ranger was enroute to North Africa to deliver US Army fighters.
( Photo thanks to Tracy White )
USS Chicopee (AO 34) ex Esso Trenton (II) underway, date and place unknown.
"Esso Trenton (II), after rebuildings to a container vessel, seen here as"San Francisco".
( Photo copyright A Duncan )
"Esso Trenton (II), seen here as"San Francisco".
( Photo copyright Airfoto, Malacca )
After many rebuildings seen here as"Sea-Land Adventurer", as a whole other vessel !!
And seen here as"Maersk Koper".
Additional Info ;
Chicopee (AO 34) ex Esso Trenton (II).
Chicopee Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 14 May 1941 as SS Esso Trenton for Standard Oil of New Jersey at Sun Shipbuilding and
Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 6 September 1941
Acquired by the US Navy, 3 January 1942
Commissioned USS Chicopee (AO-34), 9 February 1942, CDR. G. Bannerman in command
Decommissioned 14 February 1946
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for return to her owners, Standard Oil of New Jersey, 1 July 1946
1946 - Reverted to SS Esso Trenton
1947 - Renamed SS Esso Chattanooga
1963 - Bought by Sea-Land for conversion to a container ship, using the fore and aft ends of SS Esso Chattanooga
coupled to a new midship body built by Blohm & Voss and fitted at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore,
emerging as SS San Francisco (16401grt, 607ft x 78ft).
1978 - Bow and stern replaced by Mitsubishi, Kobe retaining the 1963 mid-body.
1978 - Renamed SS Sea-Land Adventurer (17618grt)
1989 - Renamed SS Sea Adventure
1999 - Renamed SS Maersk Constanza
2000 - Renamed SS Sea Adventure
2002 - Renamed SS Maersk Koper
Current Disposition, active in commercial service
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 TRENTON - 1941 USA 1 ST (aft) (15½)
10,013 GRT for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del., 503.9 x 68.3
Tanker built by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa. (12) #218, 241220
1942 - CHICOPEE, U. S. Navy (AO-34)
1946 - U. S. Maritime Commission
1947 - ESSO CHATTANOOGA, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
1950 - Esso Shipping Co., Wilmington, Del.
1962 - SAN FRANCISCO, Sea-Land Service, Inc., Wilmington, Del. - conv. to container ship - midbody
replaced and lengthened and widened 16,401 grt, 607.0 x 78.0', old midbody fitted to the GUADALUPE
1964 - Litton Industries Leasing Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Sea-Land Service, Inc.]
Dismantled in Japan 1978, bow and machinery sections scrapped, midbody built in 1962 used in
construction of m/v SEA-LAND ADVENTURER
The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO TRENTON"
1942 CHICOPEE - 1947 ESSO CHATTANOOGA - 1962 SAN FRANCISCO -
[ 1963 converted to containership with new midbody, Lg & widened 192.1/185.1 x 23.8m, 16401grt/15770dwt ]
Scrapped at Japan 1978 (midbody used in building SEA-LAND ADVENTURER.