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Built December 1944 by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California,
as "Newhall Hills" # 1842, for U.M.S.C.
10,441 GRT for U. S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco , 503.9 x 68.1
Tanker build by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, Calif. (12/44) #66, 247057
Collided with Swedish m/v MONICA, 24 May 1947, off the South Goodwin Sands, voyage Salt End - Galveston,
in ballast, caught fire forward, bow blown off by explosion, subsequently towed into Sheerness, sold, new forepart
built by Palmer's SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Hebburn-on-Tyne, 10,601 grt. (lengthened approx. 6" during re-building)
1948 - AFGHANISTAN Hindustan Steam Shipping Co., Ltd. (Common Bros., Ltd.), Newcastle, BR, 182287
1953 - GIACOMO CORRADO, "Corrado" Soc. di Nav., Genoa, IT, 2998
Reported sold 07/1960 while laid up at Trieste, broken up at Vado Ligure, June 1961 by "ARDEM".
( See photo below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "NEWHALL HILLS"
[ New bows fitted 1947/48, Lg by 0.15 mtr, 10601 grt ] -
1948 AFGHANISTAN - 1953 GIACOMO CORRADO.
Scrapped at at Vado Ligure, June 1961 ( by "ARDEM" ).
( Photo thanks to Warwick Foote )
NEWHALL HILLS - Collided in fog on 24 May 1947 with the Swedish motor vessel Monica (396 tons/built in 1939)
off South Goodwin Sands while on a voyage in ballast from Salt End/Galveston. Caught fire in Nos. 1 and 2 tanks.
Petrol vapour exploded, blowing the bows off, which sank. Vessel abandoned, but later reboarded. The fires
were extinguished, and the after part was towed to Sheerness, then Tilbury. On 27 September 1947 towed to Sout-
hampton, then laid up at Hamble. Sold to the Hindustan S.S. Co. Ltd (Common Bros Ltd), Newcastle, in damaged
condition and in February 1948 towed to the River Tyne, where a new forepart was constructed and fitted by Palmers
SB & E Co. Lengthened and renamed AFGHANISTAN with measurements: 524 ft o.a. x 506 ft 6 ins bp x 68 ft,
10,601 tons gross measurement. Sold 1953 and renamed GIACOMO CORRADO ("Corrado" Soc. Di Nav.)
Broken up at Vado June 1961.
( Taken from Sawyer and Mitchell's book "Victory Ships and Tankers" )
"Newhall Hills", afterpart beeing towed to Sheerness, then Tilbury.
( Photo Copyright reserved )
"Afganistan", ex. "Newhall Hills".
( Photo collection John Sins )