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SHIP NAME: Mandoil II KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead 11
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The Liberian steam tanker, Mandoil II, was on a voyage from Sumatra to Tacoma, loaded with 40,000 tons of crude oil, when she was in collision in dense fog with the Japanese motor vessel Suwaharu Maru about 340 miles west of the Columbia River estuary in approximately 46.06N,132.18W at 4 PM on February 28, 1968. A fierce fire broke out on the tanker necessitated abandonment by the surviving 33 crew memebrs, leaving 11 others missing, believed dead. NOs 1, 2, 3 ,4 cargo tanks on her starboard side were ripped open to the sea, alllowing half of her total cargo to leak out. She was subsequently towed to Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island on March 9th. Such was the severity of the fire and collision damage. that the Mandoill II was declared a CTL, being sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers for demolition at Kaohsiung.


source Unknown Citation from Tacoma Public Library
type A
volume 30000B
material
dead 11
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A number of costly marine disasters befell offshore merchant vessels in Northwest Pacific waters, although only one resulted in major loss of life. On February 28, 340 miles west of the Columbia River entrance, two deepsea vessels were abandoned following a fiery crash in heavy fog. The collision involved the 700 foot Greek tanker Mandoil II, inbound for Tacoma with 300,000 barrels of crude oil from Sumatra, and the 490 foot Japanese log ship Suwaharu Maru, outward bound from Coos Bay with a full cargo. The tanker with a 100 foot gash forward, was swept by fire which resulted in the death of 11 of her crew, and serious injuries to her master, Capt Elias Karavitis. Responding to the distress calls of the disable vessels, the T-2 tank steamship Transoneida, commanded by Capt Lousi A Baeri, altered to search and rescue patterns, removing the crew from the Suwaharu Maru and looking for survivors of the Mandoil II, who had taken to the boats.


source OSIR
type D
volume 42857T
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Location is Pacific Ocean, off Warrenton, Oregon,


source CTX
type D
volume 50500KL
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dead 11
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Another source claims Suwaharu Maru "tore into the starboard bow" of the Mandoil II which is consistent with the probable courses, and probably makes the Mandoil II the burdened vessel. Also says "early darkness of a winter afternoon".

Assuming ship was TL but need confirmation, probably sank.

Not in Cahill. ETC calls the ship Mandoil and says 12.6MM gallons. The Hooke accounts seems to indicate that about half the cargo was lost (abt 25 million liters), For now CTX is assuming the other sources are right.

Need a lot more info. There should be a USCG investigation report.