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Unknown Tanker
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No: 278   Contributor: Colin Dunn   Year: 1965   Country: United Kingdom
Unknown Tanker

This photo was taken in 1965 (possibly 1966) by my mother, Alison Dunn. This is the first commercial tanker to enter the Cromarty Firth after the survey carried out in the summer of the year before - or so I was told.

It's a slim possibility, but maybe someone out there with an encyclopaedic knowledge of 60s shipping may be able to identify this ship?
Picture added on 01 November 2006
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could be a caltex Tanker or a Van Ommeren (Dutch) tanker, again not sure.

Added by John Bridgland on 01 November 2006.
I think I found her, or at least a good look-a-like: sts W. Alton Jones (2nd).
She was built in 1959 by Sörviksvarvet A/B at Uddevalla in Sweden. She sailed under Dutch Antiles flag and was managed by Phs. van Ommeren N.V. (Rotterdam).

In 1965 she changed ownership to Grand Bassa Tankers Inc. (Monrovia) and changed flag too.

Have a look at for a better photo. Notice the midship structure and the short dark funnel

Added by Marcel G. on 01 November 2006.
Isn't the net amazing ;)
This certainly looks very similar. However, the derricks near the bow on this photo are double uprights, and the W. Alton Jones seems to have only a single. Could have been changed, of course, along with the slightly different paint scheme. It appears that the ship was lengthened by 36 metres in 1972, so changing the derrick would have been a minor alteration.

Added by Colin on 03 November 2006.
The Alton Jones was built in Neport News for Grand Bassa tankers to this design.

Added by Capt. N. Daboul on 18 July 2008.
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