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Esso Belgium (1) - (1937-1953)
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Launch of the "Esso Belgium", November 7th, 1936 at Burmeister & Wain, shipyard, Danmark.
( Photo Morten Bronke )
"Esso Belgium" was build in 1937.
During the war she was sailing for Belgian Overseas Transports, S.A., from 1941 till 1945,
when she was returned to Standard American Petroleum Co. S.A.
Sold in 1953 as "Miseno". Sold in 1959 as "Celestina".
Scrapped in 1959 at La Spezia.
 "Esso Belgium".
 Broadside view of the "Esso Belgium" in midstream. There is a tugboat in front of the ship, after 1936.
( Photo by Taylor, William B. )
 
Broadside view of the "Esso Belgium" in midstream. There is a tugboat in front of the ship. The shoreline is visible in the background,
after 1936.
( Photo by Taylor, William B. )
 
"Esso Belgium", during W2, sadly an unsharp photo, April 24th, 1941.
 
"Esso Belgium", during W2 photographed on July 3rd, 1943.
 
"Esso Belgium".
 
"Esso Belgium".
 
"Esso Belgium", sadly not a very sharp photo.
 
"Esso Belgium", in 1939.
( Copyright CEGES/SOMA )
Mardi matin, le pétrolier belge "Esso Belgium", transportant du mazout et du pétrole, se rendait à Amsterdam en suivant la côte belge.
Il s'est échoué sur un banc de sable en face de Middelkerke.
 
"Esso Belgium", in 1939.
( Copyright CEGES/SOMA )
Le pétrolier belge "Esso Belgium" s'est échoué à hauteur de Middelkerke et, jusqu'à ce jour, il n'a pas été possible de le renflouer.
L''Esso Belgium" est le plus grand pétrolier belge (10.529 T brutes). Il est le 41e navire belge par ordre de grandeur. Il faisait route pour
Anvers avec une cargaison d'huile combustible. Les efforts de 3 remorqueurs n'ont pu le renflouer jusqu'à présent. Comme le faisait
la plupart des navires ces derniers jours, l'"Esso Belgium", au lieu de traverser directement la Manche, suivait les petites passes le
long de la côte française et de la côte belge pour éviter les nombreuses mines rendant la navigation dangereuse.
Silhouette-Esso Belgium-1937
 
"Esso Belgium".
 
Drawing of the "Esso Belgium".
 
"Esso Belgium" in dry-dock.
 
"Esso Belgium".
 "Miseno", ex. "Esso Belgium (1)".

Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :

ESSO BELGIUM - 1937  BE    2M (aft)     (12½)
10,568 Grt for American Petroleum Co. S.A. Belge, Antwerp,  488.2 x 74.9
Tanker build by A/S Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen,  (1),   #623
1939 - Standard American Petroleum Co. S.A., Antwerp  - s/o
1941-1945 - Belgian Overseas Transports, S.A., (Time charter) - s/o
1949 - Esso Standard (Belgium) S.A., Antwerp - s/o
1953 - MISENO, Soc. Ionica di Navigazione, Catania   [Pietro Longobardo, Naples], IT
1958 - CELESTINA  "TRA.MA.SI"  Trasporti Marittima Siciliani S.p.A., Palermo  [Achille Onorato fu Vincenzo, Naples]
Broken up at La Spezia 1959 by Terrestre Marittima, S.p.A., arrived 30.09.1959.

The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO BELGIUM"
IDNo:
5614696
Year:
1937
Name:
ESSO BELGIUM
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
07.11.1936
Flag:
BEL
Date of completion:
01.1937

Tons:
10568
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
623
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
148.8
Country of build:
DAN
Beam:
22.8
Builder:
Burmeister & Wain
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Copenhagen
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
2D-12.5

Subsequent History:
1953 MISENO - 1959 CELESTINA

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at La Spezia 30.09.1959.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
5614696
1937
ESSO BELGIUM
10568
S.A. Belge American Petroleum Co.
5614696
1937
ESSO BELGIUM
10568
1941
Belgian Overseas Transports, S.A.
204
5614696
1937
MISENO
10568
1953
P. Longobardo
204
5614696
1937
CELESTINA
10568
1958
A. Onorato