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SHIP NAME: Mobil Astral KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source Auke Visser
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Mobil Tide, ex Sovac Astral-1955, ex Mobil Astral-1963 LOA 628 ' Beam 82 ' 8 " Draught 32 ' 5" 27,010 SDWT Launched 20 October 1949 at Sun Shipbuilding + Dry Dock Company, Chester and commissioned 25 November 1949. Bareboat chartered as Sovac Astral by Tankers Navigation Company to Socony-Vacuum for a period: of 15 years. Powered by a De Laval turbine developing 12,500HP. Sovac Astral, with the others of her class, was mostly employed in lifting Kuwait crude out of Mena Al Ahmadi, Arabian crude out of Ras Tanura, or Iraqi crude out of Tripoli for our refinery at Paulsboro. As Mobil Astral, she suffered an explosion and fire at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, in March 1960: four seamen were killed and 12 injured. The fire was put out by the crew with assistance from tugs. The vessel was renamed Mobil Tide in 1963, redelivered to her owners in 1965 and renamed World Miracle. In 1968 she was lengthened and deepened to LOA 750 ' 6 " Draught 39 ' 1 1/2" 43,310 SDWT. She was converted in 1973 to a non-propelled tank cleaning barge.


source Times Daily, Mar 27, 1960
type A
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Caracas (AP) A roaring explosion ripped the 17,598 tanker Mobil Astral Friday night as she was about to sail for the United States with 200,000 barrels of crude oil. Eleven of the 65 crewmen were reported injured and 23 missing.

Fire broke out after the blast rocked the dockside of the oil port of La Cruz where the tanker lay about 200 miles east of Caracas. Firemen battled the blaze to keep it fromspreading to th ebig waterfront oil terminal. Reports from the scene said the ship was docked about 1,000 yards from oil deposits.


source CTX
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Mobil sued Gulf Oil, the terminal operator, apparently blaming the terminal. But CTX has not seen the suit nor the judgement.

Friday was 1960-03-25. Not in Hocking. Going with the Visser casualty numbers for now.