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Esso Northumbria - (1970-1982)
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"Esso Northumbria" was build in 1970.

Esso Northumbria - 5.1970 - 126,543GT, Built by Swan, Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., Wallsend.
Measurements: 1,143 feet 3 inches (loa including bulbous bow) x 170 feet 3 inches breadth. 254,277 tdw.

Named by Princess Anne on 2nd May, 1969, the Esso Northumbria presented a problem by her sheer bulk, for a considerable
portion of the opposite riverbank had to be cut away. All-welded in construction, she was given a raked stem, pronounced
bulbous bow and modified cruiser stern of the "clearwater" type. The sternframe was of cutaway "ham" type and the rudder
of semi-balanced design. An overall discharge rate of 10,000 tons per hour could be made by means of four turbine-driven
centrifugal main cargo pumps. Propulsion was by geared turbines to a single screw to give 16 knots.
She left on trials on 8th February, 1970, with some 200 people, including research specialists, on board with a drydocking
at Lisbon. However, due to turbine trouble, she was not handed over until 14th May, then sailing on to the Persian Gulf.
On the return leg of her maiden voyage from Kuwait, she became the third 250,000 tdw tanker to use the Esso refinery
at Fawley, where she arrived at the modified and strengthened berth on 23rd July. On 7th May, 1982, she arrived
at Kaohsiung for breaking up.
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"Esso Northumbria"
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"Esso Northumbria" under construction at Wallsend yard of Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilding Ltd.
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"Esso Northumbria".
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"Esso Northumbria".
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"Esso Northumbria".
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"Esso Northumbria".
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"Esso Northumbria".
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The 'Esso Northuntbria" in the turbulent English Channel.
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Cargo control room "Esso Northumbria".      ( Photo by Marconi Sahib )
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Foredeck of "Esso Northumbria".
( Photo by Marconi Sahib and he wrote )
Taken using a standard 50mm lens.
While broken down off Lisbon 17th July, 1971.
My last ship was 10,500 GRT.
This one was 126,543 GRT.
A bit of a shock to the system!
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Comfortable cabin of "Esso Northumbria".
( Photo by Marconi Sahib and he wrote )
Comfortable, big and pleasant enough but right next door to the radio room and mostly bland formica.
Didn't have so far to run when the bells went.
Taken sometime in July 1971.
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"Esso Northumbria", at Ras Tanura, Persian Gulf Janaury 12th, 1972.
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"Esso Northumbria", at Ras Tanura, Persian Gulf Janaury 12th, 1972.

Ship Report for "ESSO NORTHUMBRIA"
ID No: 6917530 Year: 1970
Name: ESSO NORTHUMBRIA Launch Date: 02.05.1969
Type: Tanker Date of completion: 14.05.1970
Flag: GBR Keel: -
Tons: 126543 Link: -
DWT: 250262 Yard No: 3
Length overall: 348.5 Ship Design:
LPP: 330.7 Country of build: UK
Beam: 51.9 Builder: Swan Hunter
Material of build: - Location of yard: Wallsend
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn): 1ST-15.5     
Owner as Completed: Esso Petroleum Co Ltd - BR
    
Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Kaohsiung 07.05.1982.