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Vistula - (1920-1944)
MS "Vistula", built in 1920, in her first years, in service for the Deutsch Amerikanischer Petroleum GmbH, Hamburg.
During her war service as an Esso Tanker MS "Vistula" had many harrowing epieriences but seemed to bear a charmed life.
She came through and was acquired by the navy on February 14, 1945 and became USS "Belusan".
During a refeuling at sea operation USS "Bennington" gets a washing down as seamen come up out of the salty spume.
" Vistula" in April 1942 as an US Navy tanker.
( Photo US Coastguard )
The Miramar Ship Index for "VISTULA"
1945 BELUSAN - 1946 VISTULA
Scrapped at Shanghai 1948.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
VISTULA - 1920 DZ 2T (aft) (10½)
8,954 GRT for Baltisch-Amerik. Petroleum Import G.m.b.H., Danzig 499.0 x 64.0
Tanker built by Howaldtswerke, Kiel (1/21) #588
1926 - conv. to motor tanker 2M (aft)
1928 - s/o (Waried Tankschiff Rhederei G.m.b.H., mgrs.)
1933 - Standard Shipping Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del. USA 232943
1935 - Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
2/1945 - BELUSAN U. S. Navy (IX-187) Station tanker
1/1946 - VISTULA U. S. War Shipping Administration, Wilmington, Del.
Sold c. 1948 to Asia Development Corp., Shanghai for scrapping.