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Fort Mims
"Fort Mims", a gound at Ledbury reef, near Miami.
( Miami News paper photo )
 "Arizona Standard", ex. "Fort Mims", location and date unknown.
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History :
Built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Alabama.
Yardnumber 350. UMSC No. 2859. Off. nr. 248736.
Keel laid 05-06-1945. Launched 30-08-1945. Completed 01-10-1945. Gr. 10172 t., Net. 6423 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 11,93 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
FORT MIMS-1945 completed for United States war Shipping Administration, Mobile, Alabama, USA.
FORT MIMS-1947 for California Oil Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
FORT MIMS-1952 for California Tanker Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
ARIZONA STANDARD-1962 for Standard Oil Company of California, San Francisco, California, USA.Additional Reports:
Additional Reports:
Reported Arizona Standard collided 18 Jan. 1971 with Oregon Standard under Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco in thick fog, with crude oil. 56 Feet section of her bow removed and replaced with bow section from Oregon Standard.
Reported Arizona Standard sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 22 Nov. 1972 to be broken up, work began 3 Feb. 1973. [ By Kwang Yi Steel & Iron Co., Ltd. ]

Source : The Miami News - Mar 27, 1950

Ship Aground On Key Reef
Miami Daily News Staff Writer.
A huge tanker was aground today on Ledbury Reef, about three miles south of Fowey Rocks light and about 18 miles south-southeast of Miami.
A Coastguard plane piloted by Lt.(jg) C.R.Leisy,with Lt. (jg) J. H. Tooley as copilot, flew over the ship - the 10,172 ton Fort Mims - and found her fast on the reef with her propeller churning the water into a froth in the effort to free herself.
A heavy sea was running and the tanker was being buffeted by waves winch gamed momentum under a wind of 25 to 30 miles an hour, but the tanker was lying with her stern directly into the wind and was absorbing the pounding of the sea with no apparent damage.
Several men could be seen on the bridge directing operations.
Despite the powertul thrust of the proreller the big ship remained stationary.
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The coast guard radio station at Richmond picked up a message this morning from the Fort Mims telling of her plight.
The message was relayed to Seventh Coast Guard Dlstrict.