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SHIP NAME: Esso Greensboro KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source USCG
type D
volume 44000B
material C
dead 44
link

Collision with Esso Suez, abt 200 miles SSW of SW Pass, Mississippi River, about 26.17.5N, 91.25.5W. Both ships were running a 15 knots in dense fog. Suez altered to port for a green to green passage. Nobody on the Greensboro's bridge survived, but it is clear from the testimony of the Esso Suez bridge, and the position of Greensboro's rudder that she altered to starboard. Greensboro was loaded with about 141,000 barrels of West Texas crude. Suez was in ballast. Suez plowed into port side of Greensboro in way of No 8 tanks. Both ships caught fire. All but 5 crew on the Greensboro were fried. Two killed on the Suez.

Incredibly, both ships survived and were towed in. The Board inspected both ships. On the Esso Suez

The side shell plating and all internal structural members were severed between the 15 foot and 28 foot waterline from the stem approximately 40 feet aft on the port side and 65 feet aft on the starboard side.
On the Esso Greensboro whose beam was 68 feet,
The vessels was cut in the way of No 8 tank for a distance of 60 feet, from main deck to an undetermined depth. The main deck was completely severed for a distance of 60 feet. The No 8 tanks longitudinal bulkheads were ruptured, the transverse bulkheads to Nos. 7 and 9 port tanks were ruptured, and the transverse bulkheads to Nos. 7 and 9 center tanks were also affected. All steam and water pipes, fire lines, electric wiring, and communication lines from bridge to engine room were severed in way of the collision.
97,000 barrels of the approximately 141,000 barrel cargo were recovered from the Greensboro.


source CTX
type D
volume 7000KL
material
dead 34
link

A particularly grisly Dance of Death. But all the USCG report says is that both ships should have been traveling more slowly. This was before VHF so no chance at communication. IGS might have helped.

The depth of penetration on the Greensboro must have been in excess of 45 feet. However, the Suez in ballast must have had a forward draft of less than 15 feet, so she missed the bottom 10 to 15 feet. (The Board's waterline numbers in the description of the bow damage on the Suez must be relative to the full load waterline.) This plus calm weather is the only reason the Greensboro did not break in two.