Former SS Independence Leaves San Francisco Behind Ocean Going Tug

HellsKitchenCarl
11th February 2008, 06:36
Looks like it's the end for Oceanic, the former American Export liner SS Independence. She left under tow from San Francisco on February 8, 2008.

Here's the link to a news article from the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://tinyurl.com/2gvepj


Here's a link to photos of the former Independence including her depature on February 8, 2008 with a fireboat salute:

http://designshed.com/temporary/indy1.html

Sad day indeed but the old girl is approaching 57 years and she's had a remarkably long and successful life. She goes with her head (stacks) held high.

Cheers,

Carl Weber
Group Master
The SS United States Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheSSUnitedStatesGroup/

Peter Eccleson
18th February 2008, 12:43
Great pictures Karl ..... sad day to see any great ship sail on their final voyage. Will she make it, where ever her last voyage takes her? Great shame about what NCL did and the ' political games' they played with her and the SS United States.

Mike S
19th February 2008, 03:31
Great pictures of a famous old ship.
However.........
Picture no 8 on page 3 shows a fundamental error in the connecting up of the chains.
We can see two anchor chains connected to a monkey face plate and a single chain which in later shots is connected to the main tow line. The shackles are back to front!
The pins should be to the monkey face and the bow of the shackle to the chain to avoid "point loadings"
Basic stuff that and I do not see a secondary tow line for backup should the original fail.
Mmmm....!

Frank P
19th February 2008, 12:12
Thanks for the links Karl,

there are some good photos, lets see if she completes the the trip over the Pacific.

Cheers Frank

lurline
29th February 2008, 12:30
great pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!

PhilColebrook
13th June 2008, 15:13
Great pictures of a famous old ship.
However.........
Picture no 8 on page 3 shows a fundamental error in the connecting up of the chains.
We can see two anchor chains connected to a monkey face plate and a single chain which in later shots is connected to the main tow line. The shackles are back to front!
The pins should be to the monkey face and the bow of the shackle to the chain to avoid "point loadings"
Basic stuff that and I do not see a secondary tow line for backup should the original fail.
Mmmm....!

Interesting. Her sister ship, the "SS Constitution", sank whilst under tow to the scrap yard in the 1990s...

Jeff Taylor
13th June 2008, 17:05
...and the question remains, what is she doing sitting in Dubai or wherever they have her stashed. Apparently no breaker's contract has been signed.