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Halls of Montezuma
Launching of the "Halls of Montezuma", on July 21th,1945.
An amazing color photo taken by Grant Ridley, who was a photographer at Kaiser's Swan Island
shipyard in Portland Oregon, during WWII.
( Thanks to his son Richard Ridley )
"Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
"Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
( Photo collection Morten Bjørndalen )
"Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
"Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
"Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
 "Aquitanis", ex. "Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
( Photo Copyright Walter E. Frost )
"Andros Neptune", ex. "Aquitanis", ex. "Esso Cardiff" ex. "Halls of Montezuma".
Pictured following conversion to an ore/oil carrier in the later 1950s, owned by Lorca Shipping,
and managed by Goulandris Bros, London and Piraeus. Upon conversion from a tanker,
she became one of the first, if not the first, ore/oil carriers, which became quite trendy
from the 1960s.

History :
Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 144. UMSC No. 2427 Off. nr. 248354.
Keel laid 08-05-1945. Launched 21-07-1945. Completed 09-08-1945. 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.
HALLS OF MONTEZUMA-1945 for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA.
ESSO CARDIFF-1947 for Anglo American Oil Company Ltd., London, Great Britain.
AQUITANIUS-1955 for Lorca Cia Naviera SA, Monrovia, Liberia.
ANDROS NEPTUNE-1956 for Lorca Cia Naviera SA, Monrovia, Liberia.
SKOPELOS-1960a for Vicalvaro Cia Naviera SA, Pireaus, Greece.
TRANSWARREN-1960b for Cia Naviera Patagonia, Monrovia, Liberia.
TRANSWARREN-1961 for Transeastern Associates Inc. New York, USA.
NIAGARA-1962 for Sea Transport Inc., New York, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Aquitanius lengthened, widened converted into ore/oil carrier in 1955, Delivered Nov. 1955.
New dimensions, 8 holds, 8 Hatches., 172,0 m o.a., 11564 grt.
Reported Niagara sold to shipbreakers in Spain. Arrived Castellon 29 Oct. 1965 to be broken up. [ By Desquaces Incolesa ]