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Huntington Hills
Built June 1945 by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California,
as "Huntigton Hills" # 2540, for U.M.S.C.
10,441 GRT for U. S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco     503.9 x 68.1
Tanker built by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, Calif.  (6/45)    #86    248127
1948 - W. E. DOWNING, State Fuel Co., Boston   (mgd. by Mathiasen's Tanker Industries, Inc., Philadelphia]
1953 - HESS DIESEL, Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.
1954 - lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore,  11,545 grt,  544.9'
1955 - Hess Tankship Co., Wilmington, Del.  [Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy]
1961 - Lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Bethlehem Steel Co.,
SB. Div., Sparrow's Point, Md., fitted by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore (Key Highway Yard),
resulting vessel  14,035 grt, 585.9 x 75.3', dlvd. 12/61
1966 - THALIA, Commerce Tankers Corp., Wilmington, Del.  [Milton Pilalas & Co., New York]
1971 - WILLIAM J. FIELDS, Tanker Four Lakes, Inc., Wilmington, Del.  [Texas City Tankers Corp., Texas City]
1971 - Syracuse Corp., Wilmington, Del.   [do.]
1975 - MOUNT EXPLORER, Cove Tankers Corp., New York  [Mount Shipping, Inc.]
1978 - COVE EXPLORER, Cove Carriers, Inc., New York  [Cove Shipping, Inc.]
Broken up at Gadani Beach 1983 by MEC Shipbreakers, Ltd., arr. Karachi 13.6.83 for delivery,
work began 15.11.83
( See photos below )
 The Miramar Ship Index for "HUNTINGTON HILLS"
IDNo:
2248127
Year:
1945
Name:
HUNTINGTON HILLS
Launch Date:
11.06.1945
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
06.1945
Flag:
USA
Keel:
14.05.1945

Tons:
10441
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
86
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Marinship Corp.
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sausalito
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
1948 W.E. DOWNING -
1953 HESS DIESEL - [ 1954 Lg 11545 grt ] -
[ 1961 Lg & widened 14035 grt ] - 1966 THALIA -
1971 WILLIAM J. FIELDS - 1975 MOUNT EXPLORER -
1978 COVE EXPLORER

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Gadani Beach 13.06.1983.

History:
ON  
LR/IMO  
ID  
Year
Name  
Tons  
Change  
Owner
248127
2248127
1945
HUNTINGTON HILLS
10441
U.S. Govt.
248127
2248127
1945
W.E. DOWNING
10441
1948
State Fuel Co.
248127
2248127
1945
HESS DIESEL
11545
1953
Hess
248127
2248127
1945
THALIA
14035
1966
M. Pilalas & Co.
248127
2248127
1945
WILLIAM J. FIELDS
14035
1971
Texas City Tankers
248127
2248127
1945
MOUNT EXPLORER
14035
1975
Mount Sg.
248127
2248127
1945
COVE EXPLORER
14035
1978
Cove Sg.

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".

 
"Huntington Hills".
 
"W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills".
 
 "Hess Diesel", ex. "W.E. Downing", ex. "Huntington Hills", at Fawley.
( Photo & Copyright Chas Betts )
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 1961
before becoming Cove Shipping's "COVE EXPLORER".