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( Photo thanks to Jim Scates, he was a cadet on this tanker, during the Vietnam War )
( Photo thanks to Jim Scates )
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History :
Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 9. UMSC No. 801. Off. nr. 243253.
Keel laid 24-10-1942. Launched 31-03-1943. Completed 14-05-1943. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6285 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. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 27 Tanks.
NORTHFIELD-1943 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
NORTHFIELD-1948 for Paco Tankers Inc., Chas. Kurz & Company Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
Additional Reports:
Reported Northfield lengthened en widened in 1961 by replacing cargo section with new mid-body built by Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy Industries, Ltd., Yokohama, fitted by Todd Shipyard Corp., Alameda, Calif.
New dimensions 27 Tanks, 178.2 / 172.0 x 24.5 m, 14439 grt / 24143dwt.
Reported Northfield stranded in bad weather on Prongs Reef buoy, outside Bombay 16 Jul 1974, in position 18.51.54 N / 72.48.30 E, whilst on voyage from Beaumont, Texas to Bombay, with wheat, refloated, declared a constructive total loss and sold to ship-breakers in Pakistan. Arrived Karachi 28 Nov. 1974 to be broken up. [ By Ghuvanal Kassamali & Co. ]