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SHIP NAME: Esso Wandsworth KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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On the foggy night of 23rd September 1965, the Esso Wandworth was bound from Thames Haven with fuel oil for Littlebrook power station at Dartford on the River Thames. At 1050 pm, when in the vicinity of the Ovens Buoy, Lower Hope reach, sshe was in collision with the Dutch motor vessel Moerdyk (11,127 gt, 1965), which was outward bound from the Royal Docks for Havre and Vancouver.

The Esso Wandworth was holed in the port side of No 1 tank, being cut thru to the centerline with the cargo tank, ballast tank, pump rooms and store rooms flooded. There was also extensive deck damage and some 800 tons of her cargo were lost into the river. The vessel was beached on the mudflats upstream of trhe buoy, with four tugs in attendance

The Moerdyk, holed in the forepeak and split on her starboard waterline, anchored off Alpha Jetty, Cliffe for inspection. She later proceeded to Rotterdam, discharged her cargo, and was repaired by the Rotterdam Dry Dock Company.

The Esso Wandworth was refloated on 26th September and towed to Purfleet where she was discharged.


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Name: Esso Wandsworth Date: 23 September 1965 Location: England Accident area: Lower Hope Reach, Thames Ship type: steam tanker Date built: 1943 Shipyard: Barnes, Duluth Ship Building Co. Flag: British Owner: Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd Length: 111.59 m Breadth: 18.35 m Draught: 4.60 m Type of pollutant: fuel oil Quantity spilled : 5,000 tonnes Reason for spill: collision

The tanker the Esso Wandworth was sailing on the river Thames from Thames Haven, on the Essex Shore, to Littlebrook Power Station, Dartford, loaded with 5,000 tonnes of fuel oil. On 23 September, she collided with the Dutch vessel Moerdyk in heavy fog, in Lower Hope Reach. The Esso Wandworth port side was holed. 5,000 tonnes of fuel oil spilled into the Thames.

The vessel was then beached upstream by a tug. A few days later, she was refloated and towed to Gravesend. However, on 12 October, an explosion occured during repair works. The vessel went on fire. The fire was rapidly extinguished, but the ship was badly damaged. She was later sold for demolition.


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Mitchell's description is a nearly verbatim repeat of the Hooke entry. Hooke say ship was 4,352 grt. tod=1050pm. holed in No 1 port. Claims 800 ton spill, p 155.

Ship was originally a Lake Maracaibo shuttle tanker, built 1943. Shallow draft (15 ft), beamy (60 ft), twin screw, grt 3401, dwt 5500. If she was cut thru to the centerline, dop is 9m. GRT was changed to 4352 in 1956, probably just a deeper draft.

Big fire during repairs on 12th October, after which she was scrapped.

CEDRE has the spill volume at 5000t which seems extremely unlikely. For now going with the Hooke/Mitchell figure.