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SHIP NAME: Pacocean KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source LINK
type D
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dead 3
link t2tanker.homelinux.net/ships/bulktrader.html

Broke in two in storm off Taiwan on 25 November 1969. Fore section sank on 25 November. Aft section sank on 26 November. 45 of 48 crewmen rescued.


source HOOKE
type A
volume
material
dead 3
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The Liberian steam tanker Pacocean was on a voyage from Bahrain to Nigata with a cargo of 29,000 tons of crude oil, when she broke in two in heavy seas off the southern tip of Taiwan in lat 21.28N, long 129.32E on November 25, 1969. The two sections drifted apart, the crew taking refuge on the afterpart. Numerous vessels arrived on the scene to assist in rescuing 45 of her all-Chinese crew. Three others were lost. The fore section sank later in the day, while the after part sank the following morning.


source CTX
type D
volume 29000LT
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dead 3
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This ship, built in 1949, was one of the ill-fated 30,000 dwt Bulkpetrol class, Her original name was Bulkoceanic, dwt 30,016.

This hull failure is very similiar to the Keo, lost in the same month, except most of the crew was saved. Could have been welding failure, or corrosion. More likely welding. 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.