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"Ticonderoga", damaged after an explosion in 1953, see text below.
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"Ticonderoga", damaged after an explosion in 1953, see text below.
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Source : The Canberra Times, October 7th, 1953.
THE TANKER Ticonderoga limped into Los Angeles Harbour on September 28th with, a huge hole amidships. The "tunnel" was caused by a mysterious expjosion inside the ship while at sea. "The tanker, inbound from, Honolulu, came in under its own steam. No injuries were reported

Source : The Spokesman-Review - Sep 29th, 1953.
SAN PEDRO. Calif. Sept. 28.1953.
Two steel reinforcing straps, recently installed, were credited today with keeping the 536-foot tanker Ticonderoga afloat alter an
internal exploston almost blew the ship in two.
The ship limped into port here today wit enough daylight showing in the hull to make a goodsized train tunnel. Several crewmen suffered minor injuries when the ship's No. 5 tank exploded on the southern California coast yesterday alternoon and blew both
sides of the hull open.
Coast guard officers said their investigation discounted an earlier theory that a floattng mine might have caused the explosion.
The hole was 35 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
Cause of the blast was not inmediately determined. The coastguard said the ship's tanks were empty on the voyage here.

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 268. UMSC No. 324. Official nr. 242244.
Keel laid 15-12-1941. Launched 24-08-1942. Completed 18-09-1942. 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 General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
TICONDEROGA-1942 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
TICONDEROGA-1945 for Keystone Tankship Corporation, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
SEQUOIA-1973 for Buenaventura Marine Inc., Panama.
Additional Reports:
Reported Ticonderoga grounded 1953 on coast of California. Refloated with heavy damage, lengthened and widened in 1954 by Todd Shipyards Corporation.
New Dimensions 29 Tanks, 172.0 / 165.8 m, 11099 grt / 18925 dwt.
Reported Siquoia sold to shipbreakers in USA. Arrived Brownsville, Texas 3 Jan. 1976 to be broken up. [ By Locktin Ship Docks ]( Reported sold to Fundiciones de Hierro y Acero S.A. )

 Black and white photographic print depicting the crane "HERMAN THE GERMAN (YD-171)" holding a piece of superstructure over
the Keystone tanker "TICONDEROGA" at Todd Shipyards, Los Angeles Division.
While lengthened and widened in 1954 by Todd Shipyards Corporation.
"ALBERT G. BROWN" on left, tanker "MISSION SANTA ANA" on right.
(Photo Los Angeles Maritime Museum)
See above.
Keystone tanker "TICONDEROGA" in a port, August 12, 1972.
(Photo Capt. H. H. Calhoun)