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SHIP NAME: George MacDonald KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source Hocking
type D
volume 130000B
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On June 27th, 1960, the American tanker George MacDonald was on a voyage from Houston to New York with 130,000 barrels of fuel oil when there was an explosion in the engine room [not true]. The engine room was flooded, and the ship was taken in tow on the following day, but she sank on the 29th.


source CTX
type D
volume 17MML
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Ship was loaded with 102,000 barrels of crude and 3360 barrels of bunkers off Carolina proceeding to New York. Ship suffered massive condenser leak. ER flooding was so rapid that crew had to abandon ER before closing all valves. One problem was that some of the valve handles were very low in the ER. Ship was barely afloat and taken in tow, but then sank a day later. No dead, 1 hurt. Class survey reports showed big pits in condenser heads, up to 1/4 inch deep.

The unreliable Hocking tends to call any engine room casualty an explosion.