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Registry #1 US Registry Registry #2 Registry #3
IMO# MMSI# VRN#
 
Name 1 1962 Manhattan (III) Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
 
Year Built 1962 Place Quincy Area MA Country USA
 
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 940' × 132' × 52'
Builder Bethlehem Steel Corp. Measurement (metric) 286.5m × 40.2m × 15.8m
Hull Steel Displacement 115000
Gross Tonnage 150000 Type 1 Tanker
Registered Tonnage Type 2
Engine 43,000shp Steam turbine engine Engine Manufacture
Repower Propulsion Twin Screw
Rebuilds She was fitted with a 125' spoon-handled bow and a protective steel belt 9' thick, 30' deep and 670' long. Sun Shipyard at Chester, Pennsylvania, for conversion to an icebreaker. Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters Captain Roger Steward (1969)
 
Owner(s)
In 1969 she was chartered by Humble Oil & Refining Co. In 1987 she was scrapped.
 
Fate Registry closed Date
 
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Anecdotes
In 1969 Captain Roger Steward took this oil tanker chartered by Humble Oil & Refining Co. East to West Transit and a West to East Transit of the Northwest Passage. A large tanker, which was used to make the Northest Passage to test the practicality and economy of the operation. An experimental project to test, through Arctic Ocean trials, the feasibility of supertanker operations in the north, was carried out to test the theory that tankers could be used instead of an oil pipeline. Broken up in South Korea. She sailed from the Delaware River on 24/08/1969 reaching Thule Greenland 04/09/1969. She was assisted by extensive air reconnaissance and two ice breakers. She was freed from ice in McClure Strait with the aid of the John A. MacDonald. And reached Prudhoe Bay on 19/09/1969. On the return journey she suffered damage to her side plating. At various times during the expedition, Manhattan was supported by the icebreakers CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, USCGC Staten Island, and USCGC Northwind.
 
References
MacFarlane, J.M. (1992) Northwest Passage Challengers. In Resolution. Spring Issue. Maritime Museum of British Columbia
Last update
2016-06-24

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