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"Imperial Quebec", ex. "Port Royal".
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"Imperial Quebec", ex. "Port Royal".
Repairs on the "Imperial Quebec", ex. "Port Royal".

The tanker Port Royal was built by Sun Ship under the U.S. Maritime Commission contract as a T2-SE-A1 tanker in May 1944, and went to the Imperial Oil Shipping Company as the Imperial Quebec in 1947. She collided with the Esso Wheeling off Rio Bravo on March 25, 1948, and after temporary repairs in South America she received extensive repairs at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock. Imperial Quebec was sold to Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori, Genoa, in 1954, becoming the Verbania, and was sold to Achille Lauro fu Gioacchino, Naples, in 1961. She was scrapped at La Spezia in 1966.

This tanker suffered extensive damage from a collision with the Esso Wheeling off Rio Bravo, Argentina, on March 25, 1948.
Upon her arrival on May 24th, it was not apparent that she was damaged, so thorough had been the exterior temporary repairs made in South America. An examination on the interior, however, revealed extensive damage, All of the damage was on the port side of the vessel. Two rooms in the forward end of house structure were almost entirely rebuilt. Hull repairs required the replacement of ten shell plates and the renewal of bulkheads and other internal structure.
Work was completed and the vessel sailed from our plant on June 22nd, 1948.
( From Shipyard Bulletin, Newprt News SB & DD Co., Volume XII, May-June 1948, No. 10 )
"Imperial Quebec", ex. "Port Royal".
"Verbania", ex. "Imperial Quebec", ex. "Port Royal".

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 394. UMSC No. 1733. Official nr. 245262.
Keel laid 18-01-1944. Launched 28-04-1944. Completed 13-05-1944. Gr. 10296 t., Net. 6236 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,31 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots.
PORT ROYAL-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, USA.
IMPERIAL QUEBEC-1947 for Imperial Oil Shipping Company Ltd., Montreal, Canada.
VERBANIA-1954 for Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori, Genoa, Italy.
VERBANIA-1961 for Achille Lauro Fu Gioacchino, Naples, Italy
Additional Reports:
Reported Verbania sold to shipbreakers in Italy. Arrived La Spezia 23 Jul.1966 to be broken up. Work began Nov. 1966. [ By Cantieri Di Portovenere S.p.A. ]