M/T GETTYSBURG Latest Ghost To Go

MT GETTYSBURG arrived at BAE Systems for cleaning on Friday, May 21, 2010. Photo by James Tagliani 2010.

The 1957-built liquid bulk tanker GETTYSBURG is the latest ship to depart Suisuin Bay for BAE Systems in San Francisco for hull cleaning prior to being towed to Brownsville, Texas, where she will be scrapped.  The eighth ship of some 55 slated for disposal by 2017 (the 20 worst of which will be gone by 30 September 2012), she was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company as the ESSO GETTYSBURG for Esso Shipping Company.  The 27,300 dwt ton ship had a service speed of 18.3 knots and was built with provisional military service in mind.  In 1977, she was renamed EXXON GETTYSBURG and in 1987, joined the reserve fleet at Suisuin Bay where she was renamed GETTYSBURG in 1989.  The handsome two island type tanker was put on the scrapping list in 2006.  Special thanks to James Tagliani for the photo of the GETTYSBURG in drydock.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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