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Newhall Hills
"Newhall Hills".
( 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 backwards to Sheerness, then Tilbury.
( Photo Copyright reserved )
 "Newhall Hills", afterpart beeing towed backwards to Sheerness, then Tilbury.
( News paper photo )
"Afganistan", ex. "Newhall Hills".
( Photo collection John Sins )

History :
Built by The Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnr. 66. USMC nr. 1842. Official nr. 247057.
Keel laid 16-10-1944. Launched 06-12-1944. Completed 23-12-1944. Gr. 10601 t., Net. 6269 t., Dw. 16421 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,19 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Eliott & Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks..
NEWHALL HILLS-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, California, USA.
AFGHANISTAN-1948 for Hindustan Steam Shipping Company Ltd.., Newcastle, Great Britain.
GIACOMO CORRADO-1953 for Corrado Soc. Di Navale, Genoa, Italy.
Additional Reports:
Reported Newall Hills was involved in collision 24 may 1947 with MONICA (SW) off Goodwin Sands, whilst on voyage from Salt End to Galveston and damaged by explosion. Towed to Sheerness and sold, rebuilt and resumed trading.
New bow fitted, new dimensions 159,72 oa, 10601 grt.
Reported Giacomo Corrado sold to shipbreakers in Italy. Arrived Savona Jun. 1961 to be broken up. [ By Vado Ligure, ]

S.S. Newhall Hills, Tanker, hull # 66, keel laid 10/16/44, launched Dec 6, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. Keith Fullenwider; matron of honor, Mrs. David Tupper. In private operation under Italian flag and renamed "Giacomo Corrado" in October, 1960. Scrapped Vado (?), Norway 6/61.