On 4/1/1967 she caught fire after an explosion whilst berthed at No 2 jetty, Fawley refinery.
The explosion occurred shortly before midnight as she was loading.
There was a second explosion at 1.15 a.m. and several of the 160 firemen who
fought the blaze were injured, though none seriously.
No members of the crew were injured, although her Captain (H.W.Keeble) and 40 others
had been on board at the time.
The Port of Southampton was closed for the night as a precaution but reopened on 5/1/1967.
Other vessels berthed nearby were moved away.
There was no damage to the refinery or other facilities, nor any reported spillage of oil.
The fire was extinguished by 3.45 a.m.
Examination of the damage revealed that
the explosion had occurred in No 6 centre tank, containing marine diesel oil,
of which she had been loading four grades at the time.
She had on board 11-12000 tons of diesel
and had a further 3-4000 tons to load at the time of the incident.
The damage report showed severe damage to Nos. 5,6 and 7 tanks and internal bulkheads and decking.
There was a 3 feet deep split to No 6 port tank, which was exposed to the weather.
After discharge of her cargo, she was moved to Cowes Roads on 6/1/1967 and then to
Husbands Shipyard, Marchwood, Southampton on 9/1/1967 for temporary repairs to be carried out.
She sailed to Rotterdam on 17/1/1967
for full repairs at the Wilton Fijenoord yard, arriving at Nieuwe Waterweg on 19/1/1967.
ESSO GLASGOW was the last of the nine wartime T2 tankers acquired by Esso to remain in the fleet,
the others having been disposed of in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
She owed her longevity to her conversion for coastwise operations in 1957.
Her long and eventful career ended in 1971 when she was sold for scrap to Spanish shipbreakers at
Bilbao, her duties having been taken over by new build tonnage.
The decision to scrap her was announced in Lloyd`s List on 6/7/71, for the
price of £17 per light ton displacement.