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Ampetco (1) - (1918-1918)
Gebouwd maar niet afgeleverd / Built but not delivered
 "Ampetco (1)", she was laid down for American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam. It came into service for the Standard Oil Co.
(New Jersey), New York in 1919.
( Photo Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd., thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn )

Text with Photo :
OIL TANKER AMPETCO WHICH WAS built at the Sparraws Point Plant, Sparrows Point, Md., Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. with its camouflage coat. It was launched March 16th, 1918.

 "Ampetco (1)".
"Ampetco (1)", seen here as "Cities Service Empire".

"Ampetco (1)" was bedoeld voor en werd gebouwd in 1918 voor de American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam.
Maar ze kwam echter in dienst van de Standard Oil Co., ( New Jersey ) in 1919.
In 1923 kwam ze in dienst van de Belgiesche American Petroleum Co., Antwerpen.
"Ampetco (1)" was originally build in 1918 and laid down for American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam.
It came into service for the Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), New York in 1919.
In 1923 she went to the American Petroleum Co., Antwerp.
Sold as "City Service Empire" in 1928.
Torpedoed and sunk by U 128, 22 Feb 1942, in 28.25 N-80.02 W, (25 miles north of Bethel Shoals),
voyage Port Arthur - Philadelphia, refined products.
( See below )

Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :

AMPETCO - 1918  USA    1Q (aft)     (10½)
8,301 GRT for U. S. Shipping Board, Baltimore, Md. ,  464.7 x 60.2
Tanker build by Bethlehem SB. Corp., Sparrow's Point, Md., (5) ,  #172 , 216233
laid down for American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam, NL
1919 - Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), New York
1923 - American Petroleum Co., Antwerp, BE
1928 - CITIES SERVICE EMPIRE   Cities Service Transportation Co., Inc., New York, USA
1937 - Cities Service Oil Co., Inc., New York
Torpedoed and sunk by U 128, 22 Feb 1942, in 28.25N-80.02W, (25 miles north of Bethel Shoals),
voyage Port Arthur - Philadelphia, refined products.

The Miramar Ship Index for "AMPETCO"
IDNo:
2216233
Year:
1918
Name:
AMPETCO
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
16.03.1918
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
05.1918

Ton:
8301
Link:
-
DWT:
11,600
Yard No:
172
Length overall:
141.61
Ship Design:
LPP:
141.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
18.4
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sparrow's Point
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1Q-10.5

Subsequent History:
1928 CITIES SERVICE EMPIRE.

Disposal Data:
Torpedoed and sunk 28.25 N / 80.02 W 22.2.1942 (14 dead ).

History :
ON  
LR/IMO
ID  
Year
Name  
Tons  
Change  
Main Owner
216233
2216233
1918
AMPETCO
8301
American Petroleum Co., Rotterdam
216233
2216233
1918
AMPETCO   
8301
1918
U.S. Govt
216233
2216233
1918
AMPETCO
8301
1919
Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey
216233
2216233
1918
AMPETCO
8301
1923
American Petroleum Co., Antwerp
216233
2216233
1918
CITIES SERVICE EMPIRE
8301
1928
Cities Service Tptn
216233
2216233
1918
CITIES SERVICE EMPIRE
8301
1937
Cities Service Oil Co Inc,

Additional information from Uboat.net :

Name:
Cities Service Empire, ex. Ampetco
Type:
Steam tanker
Tonnage:
8.103 tons
Completed:
1918 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD
Owner:
Cities Service Oil Co, New York
Homeport:
New York
Date of attack:
22 Feb, 1942
Fate:
Sunk by U-128 (Ulrich Heyse)
Position:
28.25N, 80.02W - Grid DB 9439
- See location on a map -
Complement:
50 (14 dead and 36 survivors).
Convoy:
-
Route:
Port Arthur, Texas - Philadelphia
Cargo:
9400 barrels of crude oil
History:
Built as Ampetco, 1928 renamed Cities Service Empire
Notes on loss:
At 11.51 hours on 22 Feb, 1942, the unescorted Cities Service Empire (Master William Faucett Jerman, Jr.) was hit by two torpedoes from U-128 about 25 miles north of Bethel Shoals off the Florida coast. The tanker had maintained a nonevasive course at 10 knots in moderate to heavy seas and had been missed by the first four torpedoes. The torpedoes struck the vessel amidships at the after pump room deep in the ship´s bowles on the starboard side. Fire broke out immediately and within seconds the ship and the water around the tanker were ablaze. The armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) were driven away from their guns and the master gave the order to abandon ship after 10 minutes. All lifeboats had been destroyed by the fire and only two rafts could be launched. Most of the crew of eight officers, 33 men and nine armed guards jumped overboard.
The US Coast Guard cutter USS Vigilant (WPC 154) reached the burning ship and the commanding officer saw three men at the bow of the tanker. Nosing his ship up to the burning tanker, some men crawled aboard the ship and battled the flames until they rescued two of them. But before they could go back for the third, the tanker exploded, showered the cutter with unignited oil from stem to stern, broke in two and sank at 12.10 hours. The master, three armed guards and ten crewmen died. The 34 survivors on the rafts were later picked up by the USS Biddle (DD 151) and taken to Fort Pierce, Florida.