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Potrero Hills
 "Potrero Hills" during the war.
( Photo US Coast Guard )
"Potrero Hills".
"Ideal X", fitted with platform deck for carriage of containers.
"Ideal X", ex. "Portrero Hills", ex. "Captain John D.P.", ex. "Portrero Hills".
 "Ideal X", ex. "Portrero Hills", ex. "Captain John D.P.", ex. "Portrero Hills".
 "Ideal X", ex. "Portrero Hills", ex. "Captain John D.P.", ex. "Portrero Hills".
50 years ago, 26 April 1956, the S.S. Ideal X sailed from Port Newark to Houston. This is considered
to be the first scheduled voyage of a container ship. Ideal X was a T-2 tanker with a spar deck built above
the cargo piping to hold the 58 new containers. She was still capable of carrying bulk petroleum cargo as
well. She was owned by Pan Atlantic Steamship Lines, later renamed Sea-Land Services.
The Revell 'Glasgow' T-2 kit was modified with Tom's Modelworks 1/400 PE set. The spar deck was built
from styrene stock and the containers are basswood.
( Photos and built by Fred Koster )
"Ideal X".
"Ideal X".

History :
Built by The Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnr. 68. USMC nr. 1844. Official nr. 247155.
Keel laid 30-10-1944. Launched 30-12-1944. Completed 20-01-1945. Gr. 10572 t., Net. 6409 t., Dw. 16408 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.
POTRERO HILLS-1945 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA.
CAPTAIN JOHN D.P.-1948 for Nautilus Shipping Corporation, New York, USA.
POTRERO HILLS-1951 for Philadelphia Marine Corporation, New York, USA.
IDEAL X-1955 for Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
ELEMIR-1959 for Oceanic Petroleum Carriers Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Ideal X converted for the carriage of containers.
Reported Elemir damaged during heavy weather 8 Feb. 1964, whilst on voyage from Sasebo to Portland, Oregon.
Reported Elemir sold to shipbreakers in Japan. Arrived Hirao 20 Oct. 1964 to be broken up. [ By Matsukura Maritime Company ]

S.S. Potrero Hills, Tanker, hull # 68, keel laid 10/30/44, launched Dec. 30, 1944. Sponsor: Mrs. Frank L. Frizzell; matron of honor, Mrs. George Benkie. In private operation with name changed to "Elemir" in October, 1960. Scrapped Hirao 10/64.