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Whittier Hills
See also : Building the "Whittier Hills" - Part - 1 & Building the "Whittier Hills" - Part - 2 & Building the "Whittier Hills" - Part - 3

 "Almena" ex. "Whittier Hills".

History :
Built by The Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnr. 71. USMC nr. 1847. Official nr. 247291.
Keel laid 27-11-1944. Launched 20-01-1945. Completed 30-02-1945. Gr. 10544 t., Net. 6383 t., Dw. 16623 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,19 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Eliott & Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
WHITTIER HILLS-1945 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA.
WHITTIER HILLS-1948 for National Bulk Carrier Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
ALMENA-1964 for Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corporation, Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
ALMENA-1964 for United States Tankers Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Almena sold to shipbreakers in Japan. Arrived Hirao Oct. 1964 to be broken up.

S.S. Whittier Hills, Tanker, hull #71, keel laid 11/27/44, launched Jan 20, 1945. Sponsors: Miss Florence Garbedian & Miss Rachele E. Kosola; maids of honor: Louise C. Morch & Catherine Janet Bolton. In private operation with name changed to "Almena" in October, 1960. Scrapped Hirao 10/64.
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, April 18th, 1946.
 Tanker Able To Resume Voyage
The American tanker Whittier Hills, which was adrift 300 miles east of the Brisbane River entrance on Tuesday night, is now on its way to Sydney under its own power.
The ocean-going tug which was sent to the tanker's assistance developed engine trouble and returned to Sydney for repairs. It set out again at 5 a.m. yesterday.

The Sydney agents of the tanker, the Vacuum Oil Co. Pty. Ltd., received radio messages yesterday that the Whittier Hills had resumed the voyage to Sydney at 2 a.m. on one boiler and expected to clean the salt out of the other boiler to-day, when it could proceed at full speed.
The tug assistance was, therefore, recalled.

 "Almena" ex. "Whittier Hills" seen here with containers on deck. Source, location and date unknown.