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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, 17.0knots
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
Repair contract won by the Palmer's Yard of Vickers-Armstrongs
New section of cargo tanks built by Vickers-Armstrongs at Walker, contract no 526
Aft end refurbished and new accommodation block installed by Palmers
Newand longer cargo section inserted by Swan Hunter's Wallsend Drydocks
12/1961: Re-entered service, now lengthened to 733.0ft, 25715grt, 40309dwt
21/01/1975: Grounded in the South China Sea, 480 miles SW of Manila
On a voyage from Galveston to India with a cargo of wheat
06/08/1975: Refloated
07/08/1975: Sank under tow


Above: "The smoke blackened ESSO PORTSMOUTH at Milford Haven". Illustrated London News, Saturday, 16/07/1960

Above: The old aft end with new superstructure (L) and the new forward portion in dock (R). Photos Auke Visser

Above: The launch of ESSO SOUTHAMPTON with part of the old ESSO PORTSMOUTH at the riverside berth

Above photo shows ESSO PORTSMOUTH after reconstruction. Photo courtesy of Photoship

The Times, Wednesday, 11/10/1961

The Times, Tuesday, 18/10/1960

The Times, Wednesday, 27/09/1961