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Mission Santa Maria
"Cyrus", ex. "Mission Santa Maria".
"John", ex. "Cyrus", ex. "Mission Santa Maria".
( Photo Copyright W.S.S. )
"Mission Santa Maria", seen as "Albaluz".
( Photo copyright F.R. Sherlock )

History :
Built by Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnumber 49. UMSC No. 1825. Off. nr. 246222.
Keel laid 14-05-1944. Launched 04-07-1944. Completed 17-08-1944. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6423 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. 10000 B.h.p., 7356 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
MISSION SANTA MARIA-1944 Completed for U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, USA and chartered to Pacific Tankers, Inc for operations.
CYRUS-1948 for Greenwich Shipping Corporation, Panama.
CYRUS-1949 for Caribbean Land & Shipping Corporation, Panama.
JOHN-1950 for Aurora Compania Naviera S.A., Panama.
ELLEN H. JACKS-1953 for Pacific Coast Compania Naviera S.A., Panama.
AQUARIUS-1956 for Espana Compania Naviera S.A., Panama.
ANDROS MERCURY-1959 for Espana Compania Naviera S.A., Panama.
GRAMMOS-1960a for Espana Compania Naviera S.A., Panama.
ALBATROS-1960bfor Reconquista Soc. Anon. Maritima, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ALBALUZ-1964 for Gosford Marine Panama, Monrovia, Liberia.
HARAVGI-1966 for John F. Latsis, Piraeus, Greece.
GALETA-1969 for Galeta Ocean Equipement & Shipping Company, Panama.
SEPT ILES-1971 for L. Payardi Shipping & Contractors Company, Panama.
Additional Reports :
Reported John lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore, in 1951.
New dimension Lg 166.1 m reg, 11625 grt / 17928 dwt.
Reported Galeta converted into offshore oil supply ship.
New dimension 7892 grt.
Reported Sept Iles sold to shipbreakers in Yugoslavia. Arrived Brodospas, Split Dec. 1972 to be broken up. [ By Sveti Kajo ]

S. S. Mission Santa Maria, Tanker, hull # 49, keel laid 5/8/44, launched July 4, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. John J. Connolly Sr.; Matron of Honor, Mrs. John Connolly Jr. In private operation under Greek flag and renamed "Grammos" in October, 1960. Scrapped at Split 1972.