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Huntington Hills
"Huntington Hills", during the war, source, location and date unknown.
"W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills", source, location and date unknown.
 "Hess Diesel", ex. "W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills", after rebuild, at Fawley, UK, date unknown.
( Photo & Copyright Chas Betts )
 "Mount Explorer", ex. "William J. Fields", ex. "Thalia", ex. "Hess Diesel", ex. "W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills",
in English Channel ca 1975.
( Photo FotoFlyte )
US-flag tanker "COVE EXPLORER" as shown while underway on the Mississipi River at New Orleans
in October 1980. She was built in 1944 as the T2 tanker "HUNTINGTON HILLS" for the US Maritime
Commission and had a host of names from 1948 and a rebuild in 1954 and 1961 before becoming
Cove Shipping's "COVE EXPLORER", source unknown.
"Huntington Hills", Status Card.

History :
Built by The Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnr. 86. USMC nr. 2540. Official nr. 248127.
Keel laid 14-05-1945. Launched 11-06-1945. Completed 16-06-1945. Gr. 10935 t., Net. 6512 t., Dw. 16556 t. L.o.a. 184,41 m., Br. 22,94 m., Dr. 9,91 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Eliott & Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
HUNTINGTON HILLS-1945 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA.
W.E. DOWNING-1948 for State Fuel Company, Boston, Massachussetts, USA.
HESS DIESEL-1953 for Hess Inc., PerthAmboy, USA.
HESS DIESEL-1955 for Hess Tankship Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
THALIA-1966 for Commerce Tankers Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
WILLIAM J. FIELDS-1971a for Tanker Four Lakes Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
WILLIAM J. FIELDS-1971b for Syracuse Corporation., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
MOUNT EXPLORER-1975 for Cove Tankers Corporation, New York, USA.
COVE EXPLORER-1978 for Cove Carriers Inc., New York, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Hess Diesel lengthened in 1954 at Bethlehem Steel Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
New dimensions 166,1 reg x 22,9m, 11545 gt.
Reported Hess Diesel lengthened, widened and rebuilt in 1961 at Bethlehem Steel Company Sparrows Point.
New dimensions 29 Tanks, 184,4m / 178,2 x 22,9m, 14035 gt / 23787 Dw.
Reported Cove Explorer sold to shipbreakers in Pakistan. Arrived Gadani Beach 13 Jun. 1983 to be broken up. Beached and work began same day. [By MEC Shipbreakers]

S.S. Huntington Hills, Tanker, hull #86, keel laid 5/14/45, launched June 11, 1945, turned over to U. S. Maritime Commission on June 16, 1945. Sponsor: Mrs. Charles J. MacGowan; co-matrons of honor: Mrs. Ed. Rainbow & Mrs. Andrew Chioino. In private operation with name changed to "Hess Diesel" in October, 1960. 1971 "William J. Fields".