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From the book : Unsung sailors: The Naval Armed Guard in World War II; By : Justin F. Gleichauf
Another serious collision involving a freighter and a tanker occurred in Convov CU-15 on 26 February 1944. The tanker SS Murfreesboro was rammed by the SS El Coston, whose steering mechanism broke down. The tanker was car-rying 150,000 barrels of gasoline and burned for hours; twenty-nine crew members and sixteen members of the navy gun crew were lost. The El Coston flew the Panamanian flag and carried a navy gun crew, but no casualty figures we-re announced. Many of the dead from the tanker died in the flaming waters, but some survivors were able to swim un-der the oil until they were clear. Almost unbelievably, the Murfreesboro was salvaged and returned to serviced.
"Murfreesboro", after beeing salvaged at St Georges, Bermuda on 29-3-1944.

( Photo Nat. Archive )
( Photo Nat. Archive )
( Photo Sun Ship Historical Society )
"Neches", ex. "Murfreesboro", ex. "Atlantic Traveler", ex. "Murfreesboro".
"Neches", ex. "Murfreesboro", ex. "Atlantic Traveler", ex. "Murfreesboro".
"Neches", ex. "Murfreesboro", ex. "Atlantic Traveler", ex. "Murfreesboro".
( Photo by W. Schell )

History :
Yardnumber 261. UMSC No. 368. Official nr. 244235.
Keel laid 09-06-1943. Launched 15-09-1943. Completed 28-09-1943. Gr. 10195 t., Net. 6209 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,23 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
MURFREESBORO-1943 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
ATLANTIC TRAVELLER-1947 for Keystone Shipping Company, Philadelphia, USA. (bare-boat charter to Atlantic Refining Co.)
MURFREESBORO-1959 for Keystone Shipping Company, Philadelphia, USA.
NECHES-1965 for Sabine Towing & Transportation Company Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Additional Reports:
Reported Neches sold to shipbreakers in USA. Arrived Brownsville, Texas Jan. 1982 to be broken up. [ By Brownsville Steel & Salvage ]