Pendleton, an American flag T2, left Norco, La 19520212
loaded with heating oil and kerosene, for Boston.
Crew of 47(?), all Americans.
Draft was 29.5 ft even keel.
Ran into a Force 9 (occaisionally 10) noreaster off Cape Cod.
Decided to hove to.
At 0550 on 1952-02-18, split in two in way of tanks 7 and 8,
with a loud bang.
Sea water temp was about 40F.
All the men (8) in the forward section,
which floated in a bow up position were lost.
The stern section floated more or less evenly for a while
and was semi-maneuverable.
It eventually grounded 0.25 miles off Nauset Beach.
In a truly remarkable bit of seamanship,
a 4 man USCG crew led by Coxswain Bernie Webbers
was somehow able to get a 36 ft rescue boat out of Chatham,
take off 32 of 33 survivors off the stern shortly before it capsized,
and get them back ashore.
Bow section was towed away and scrapped.
Frump does not say if any oil was recovered.
Stern section was submerged by a storm in 1978,
and then broken up.