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 Photograph of the bow art on the S. S. "Wheeler Hills" and the launch, July 14, 1945.
"Wheeler Hills", launched at 14 July 1945. Built in 64 days and 7 hours.
Contract Price : $2.686.140,00, Final Price: $1.732.889,47, savings : -35.49%.
Sponsor, at the launch, Mrs.P.R.Quick (wife of superintendent of the planning and progress division of Marinship).
 "Esso Rotterdam (1)", ex. "Wheeler Hills".

 Commissioned at Marinship
The 32nd of a series of thirty-six 8250 hp turbo-electric tankers named for leading petroleum fields of California, the SS Wheeler Hills sailed away from the construction docks of Marinship Corporation on July 31, 1945.
The ship, named for the Wheeler Ridge oilfield located in Kern County, was put through her trial runs and accepted by the Maritime Commission trial board members only 64 days after keel laying.

Source : PACIFIC MARINE REVIEW, Volume 42, September 1945.

1960: Converted to a bulk carrier. New midship section built by Netherlands Dock: &, SB Co, Amsterdam (measurements: 570 ft oa x 75 ft, 15,005 grt, 23,000 tdw).
1977 “CAT No. I"
01.1979: Scrapped at New Orleans.

 "Esso Rotterdam (1)", ex. "Wheeler Hills".
"Esso Rotterdam (1)", was build in 1945 as "Wheeler Hills".

Uit de Nieuwe Leidsche Courant, 14/04/1948.
Wist U dat de in Amerika aangekochte tankboot "Esso Rotterdam" van de A.P.C. voor het eerst Rotterdam binnenliep, meevoerende 14.500 liter stook- en dieselolie. ( Tonnen, bedoelde men natuurlijk, AAV )

Uit de Nieuwe Leidsche Courant, 06/03/1956.
 KNSM-schip bij Spanje in moeilijkheden
Het SS "ILIAS" van de KNSM heeft vanochtend vroeg gemeld, dat het machineschade heeft en de hulp van een sleepboot behoeft. Het 810 ton metende schip bevond zich toen twintig mijl ten westen van Valino, een plaats aan de noordwestpunt van Spanje. De tankboot "ESSO ROTTERDAM" en een Zweeds schip liggen bij de "ILIAS".

"Esso Rotterdam (1)" full ahead underway to Rotterdam.
 "Esso Rotterdam (1)", ex. "Wheeler Hills", just renamed.
"Esso Rotterdam (1)".

Yardnr. 87. USMC nr.2541. Official nr. 248398.
Keel laid 28-05-1945. Launched 14-07-1945. Completed 31-07-1945.
Gr. 11441 t., Net. 8766 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,20 m.
\Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Eliott & Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania.
7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 5 knots. 26 Tanks.
WHEELER HILLS-1945 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA.
ESSO ROTTERDAM-1947 for N.V. Petroleum Industries Maatschappij, The Hague, Netherlands.
ESSO ROTTERDAM-1958 for Esso Tankvaart Maatschappij N.V., The Hague, Netherlands.
PHAETON-1959 for Comet Shipping Company S.A., Piraeus, Greece.
PHAETON-1965 for Comet Shipping Company S.A., Monrovia, Liberia.
PYRAMID VETERAN-1974 for Creole Shipping Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas.
CAT NO.1-1977 for F.B.V. Corporation [Bahamas] Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas.
Additional Reports:
Reported Phaeton lengthened, widened and converted in bulk carrier in 1960 at Nederlandsche Dok en
Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam.
New dimensions 8 Holds, 8 hatches: 8,0 6,4 8,0 8,0 8,0 8,0 8,0 8,0 x 10,6 m, 172,5m pp x 22,9m,
15005 gt / 23000 Dw.
Reported Cat No.1 sold to shipbreakers in USA. Arrived Brownsville, Texas 18 Apr. 1978
to be broken up. [ By Consolidated Andy Inc. ]