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SHIP NAME: Keo KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source LINK
type D
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dead no survivors
link t2tanker.homelinux.net/ships/bulktrader.html

Bulkoil(II); broke in two in an Atlantic storm about 120 miles south of Nantucket on 5 November 1969, no survivors. Bow section sank on 8 November, 38-32N, 066-38W. Stern section never found. Stats are; hull number: 25, year built: 1949, GRT: 15,586, DWT: 30,006, length: 629'8", beam: 84'2", and Bulkpetrol Class. Engine made in 1943 by General Electric Co., Lynn MA, fitted 1949. Same name as a smaller tanker built by Welding Shipyards (hull #10) in 1942. Renamed Altair 1966, Pegasos 1967, Keo 1968.

The Bulkpetrol Class Ships Built by Welding Shipyards, Inc, Norfolk, VA for National Bulk Carriers. These ships were the largest ships that could be built on the single building way in the Welding Shipyards plant. Consequently, they were the last ships built there, as Mr. Ludwig moved the whole shipbuilding division of National Bulk Carriers to Kure, Japan where he had leased the old Japanese navy yard for 10 years to build the large ships he was planning. The Bulkpetrol class ships were built between 1948 and 1950. Ludwig was known to obtain a lot of materials second hand in order to cut costs. It was rumored that this whole class of tankers was built from spare parts, but the rumors probably aren't completely true. However, all of them are known to have had engines built several years before, which Ludwig had reconditioned and installed while the ships were constructed (1948 - 1950). The ships were of all welded construction, with huge sections being prefabricated and lifted into place for assembly. Oddly enough, all but Bulkpetrol herself came to untimely ends.


source HOOKE
type A
volume
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dead 36
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The Liberian steam tanker Keo was approximately 120 miles SE of Nantucket in lat 39N long 68W when she broke in two during a fierce storm on November 5, 1969, The 36 crew of the vessel, which was on a voyage from Ghent to New York with a cargo of fuel oil, took to the stern section, but an extensive air and sea search failed to locate this part. The master's last dramatic radio message stated "I think we can only stay afloat for another hour." All 32 Greeks and four South Americans who had been on board were presumed lost.


source CTX
type D
volume 30000LT
material
dead 36
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This ship, built in 1949, was one of the ill-fated 30,000 dwt Bulkpetrol class. Five were built at Ludwig's Welding Shipyard beween 1948 and 1950. Four were lost. See Pacocean (lost in the same month), Amphialos, and Golden Drake. This ship was built as the Bulkoil in 1949 with a deadweight of 30,006. Renamed Altair 1966, Pegasos 1967, Keo 1968.

Could have been welding failure, or corrosion. When the Bulkpetrol was built in 1948, she was the largest tanker ever built, and all welded ships were still a novelty.

We need Class records.