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.