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Mobile Bay
History and notes: ( Thanks to The T2 Tanker Page )

In late 1959 she was sold by the Baltic Trading Co to Thorvald Klaveness & Co, Norway for use as a floating
power plant in Scandinavian ports and renamed MODAL. In 1961 she was converted to a dry cargo ship,
sold to Penn Shipping Co, USA and renamed PENN EXPORTER. On 7th May 1970 she arrived at Hamilton,
Bermuda in tow after boiler trouble on voyage Bizerta to New Orleans and later continued her voyage. 8th
June 1970 towed into Cristobal short of fuel and water while bound New Orleans to Saigon with wheat.
Her fuel shortage was attributed to deficient boilers. After bunkering she sailed on 10th June but put into
Manzanillo, Mexico with further boiler trouible. A survey showed main machinery in poor condition, boilers
in need of renewal and all electrical equipment rapidly deteriorating. Large quantities of oil and water found
in the bilges and covering the much of the auxiliary machinery. The ship was then towed to Saigon and her
cargo discharged. On 4th Aug.1970 she left in tow of the tug SAMSON for Kaohsiung, Taiwan
where she was scrapped.
"Mobile Bay".
 "Zeitoun" ex. "Mobile Bay".
"Zeitoun" ex. "Mobile Bay".
"Zeitoun" ex. "Mobile Bay".
 "Modal", ex. "Zeitoun" ex. "Mobile Bay".

History :
Built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Alabama.
Yardnumber 320. UMSC No. 2045. Off. nr. 247099.
Keel laid 11-10-1944. Launched 17-12-1944. Completed 08-01-1945. Gr. 10172 t., Net. 6423 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 11,93 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
MOBILE BAY-1945 competed for United States War Shipping Administration, Mobile, Alabama, USA.
ZEITOUN-1947 for Baltic Trader Company Ltd., London, Great Britain.
MODAL-1959 for I/S Modal, T Klaveness, Oslo, Norway.
PENN EXPORTER-1961 for Penn Export Company Inc., New York, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Penn Exporter converted into bulk carrier in 1961.
New dimensions 5 Holds, 5 Hatches, 10534 grt / 15349 dwt.
Reported Penn Exporter suffered several times boiler trouble in various voyages. Checking the engine-room found in poor technical condition.
Reported Penn Exporter sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung in tow of tug SAMSON 12 Dec. 1970 to be broken up. [ By Shun Hwa Steel Co. ]