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Steens Mountain
 "Steens Mountains" at Copenhagen, Denmark in 1955.
( Unknown Photographer )
"Steens Mountains" in 1957 at Punta Delgado, Azores.
"I attach a photograph of the Steens Mountain T" Class tanker, taken by me in Punta Delgado in the
Azores in January 1957. I was Radio Officer aboard her at the time, having
joined her at Fawley oil terminal in September 1956. While returning from a trip to the Gulf we were
nearly caught in Suez by the 1956 Suez debacle. As a result of this the scheduled Dry Dock for
maintenance was deferred and we did two more trips across the Atlantic. On the second of these,
while returning from Venezuela we developed boiler leaks, ant put into Punta Delgado for repairs,
which is when this Photo was taken. From Punta Delgado we proceeded to Falmouth where I left her on
6th February.
I do not know who her owners were at the time, but she was under the Panamanian flag, with a call
sign of HPZJ. She was on a long term charter to ESSO in the UK".
( Text and photo by Peter Sherdley )
"Steens Mountains".
"Steens Mountains".
"Steens Mountains".
"Steens Mountains".
"Mary Ellen Conway", ex. "Steens Mountains", seen here at Fawley.
( Photo & Copyright Chas Betts )
"Mary Ellen Conway", ex. "Steens Mountains".
( Copyright Reserved )
 "Mary Ellen Conway", ex. "Steens Mountains".
( Photo Copyright Harry Stott )
 "Mary Ellen Conway", ex. "Steens Mountains".
( Photo Copyright Harry Stott )

History :
Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 139. UMSC No. 2422 Off. nr. 247996.
Keel laid 31-03-1945. Launched 06-06-1945. Completed 24-06-1945. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6285 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 8,99 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
STEENS MOUNTAIN-1945 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA.
STEENS MOUNTAIN-1947 for Lanmore Corporation Inc., Panama.
STEENS MOUNTAIN-1948 for Panama Transoceanic Company S.A., Panama.
MARY ELLEN CONWAY-1960 for Panama Transoceanic Company S.A., Panama.
Additional Reports:
Reported Mary Ellen Conway lengthened and widened in 1960 by replacement of bow and cargo section with new forebody built by Schlieker Werft, Hamburg. Delivered Aug. 1960.
New dimensions, 27 Tanks, 175,3 / 166,1 x 24,0 m, 14456 grt / 23573 dwt.
Reported Mary Ellen Conway Caught fire 13 Mar. 1972, while discharging gasoline at Manzanillo, Mexico, towed out and drifted aground, fire put out and refloated next day, constructive total loss.
Reported Mary Ellen Conway sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 23 Dec. 1972 to be broken up. [ By Ta Yung Steel Corporation ]

 Source : Report of Captain J.H. Palmer-Felgate.

Grounding of Steens Mountain in River Schelde

On the 20th November 1953 whilst proceeding outward from Antwerp to Teneriffe in a fully loaded condition, “Steens Mountain” grounded just outside the fairway.

The Masters report stated;-
“After leaving the dock with pilot on board and tide on the flood, we proceeded down the river on the starboard side of the channel. The ss “City of Hull” followed by ss”Arima Maru” were proceeding up river. The “City of Hull moved out to the port side of the fairway and dropped her anchor, but the tide swung her stern into the fairway causing the “Arima Maru” to swing sharply to port in order to avoid collision. “Steens Mountain” went full astern and swung to starboard to avoid collision with “Arima Maru”.

During a subsequent drydocking in Amsterdam damage was found to a number of keel strake plates and internals.
This resulted in a claim on underwriters by Esso Petroleum Co.Ltd.
The average Adjusters – Clancy & Sons & Co. – wrote ( in April 1956) to the Master asking whether he considered that in altering course to avoid a collision he considered it probable that the vessel would ground, or, did he consider the possibility of grounding very remote and that he would be able to return to the fairway as soon as danger of collision had passed without sustaining any damage?

1/ I have no record of how the claim was settled
2/ The fact that the claim was handled on behalf of Esso Petroleum Co.Ltd. indicates that “Steens Mountain” although registered in Panama and owned by Panama Transoceanic Co (?? Was this a Niarchos Company) she was almost certainly Bareboat chartered to Esso.
The Master was an employee of Esso.