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Name: ESSO PORTSMOUTH
Type: Tanker
Launched: 06/01/1959
Completed: 07/1959
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 160
Dimensions: 24125grt, 12949nrt, 36000dwt, 690.0 x 90.5 x 35.6ft; (1962: 25715grt, 733.0ft)
Engines: 2 x steam turbines, DR geared to 1 shaft, 17600shp
Engines by: Vickers-Armstrongs (Engineering) Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 300915
History:
07/1959 Esso Petroleum Co Ltd, London
1972 Winson Tankers SA, Panama; renamed WINSON
07/08/1975 Sank
Comments: 09/07/1960: Severely damaged by a mid-length explosion & fire at Milford Haven
Replacement section of cargo tanks built by Vickers-Armstrongs at Walker, contract no 526.
Reconstructed by Wallsend Drydocks with a longer cargo section & all aft accommodation.
12/1961: Re-entered service, now lengthened to 733.0ft, 25715grt, 40309dwt
21/01/1975: Grounded in the South China Sea at position 11.28N 114.23E
On a voyage from Galveston to India with a cargo of wheat
06/08/1975: Refloated
07/08/1975: Sank under tow


Above photo shows ESSO PORTSMOUTH after reconstruction