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SHIP NAME: Tampico Maru KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source UNK
type A
volume 55,200BBL
material D
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The ship containing 55,200 barrels of diesel oil ran aground in the mouth of a small cove in Baja California during March 1957. The oil lost was contained in the cove, resulting in an immediate kill of all forms of marine life. Recovery to prespill conditions was estimated ti be approximately six years, although sublethal effect may have persisted longer.


source MSI
type A
volume
material D
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MSI has a 1930 built tanker called the Tampico, 6089 GRT, wrecked Todos Santos Island, CA, 1957-03-29. We are assuming this is the ship others call the Tampico Maru.


source CTX
type A
volume 9MM liters
material D
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We know almost nothing about this spill. Some sources call the ship Tampico others say Tampico Maru. Apparently she was a coastal tanker, about 8000 DWT, loaded with 55,200 barrels of diesel out of San Pedro. She stranded south of Ensenada, and lost her entire? cargo in a "cove". Some say time was 0400. We have absolutely no cause info.

This was the first spill whose environmental impact was extensively studied. This was done by people from Scripps. Somebody there must have more info.