Fairly good report.
This was a Liberty ship built 1944,
converted to a bulk carrier in 1945 by Marine Transport Lines.
The Board uncovered a number of problems:
The ship had had at least three groundings.
The USCG does not feel this was important.
The ship had a history of wastage.
The USCG does not make much of this;
despite the fact that in November, 1957,
a USCG inspector found and emphasized "working"
in various parts of the structure.
And he found lots of wastage in the bottom plating.
"Vessel grooved all the way across and at turn
of bilges between frames 86 and 87.
Vessel grooved all the way across
but not into the bilges between frames 68 and 69."
"Vessel has recently experienced heavy weather
and bottom damage has apparently been caused
by this recent heavy weather."
Some of this steel was replaced at this docking.
This was a five hold ship.
All the sulphur was loaded into Holds 2, 3 and 4
which was legal (and apparently standard MTL practice)
but ended up with a sagging moment
four times that had the ship been loaded evenly.
Also resulted in heavy loading of the inner bottom.
The ship split "just forward of the forward part
of the No 3 hatch coaming at about frame 73."
Ship was hove to at the time.
Up to Force 10 winds.
Heavy easterly swell for at least 20 hours.
Air temp of 37F, sea temp of 44F.
The Board concluded the main problem
was brittle fracture.
The Commandant disagreed,
focussing on the strange loading pattern.
Supporting the Commandant's position,
the main deck plating held the two halves together
for about six hours, working ductilely
which allowed the crew to stay on board until daybreak.