Unknown on eBay !

andysk
4th October 2011, 15:55
A 'supertest' for you all -

I spotted this on eBay this afternoon, Item Nr : 300606532797 (4 slides)
Does anyone know what vessel this is/was, and the story behind these pics, which were taken in 1965 ?

James_C
4th October 2011, 17:40
I would say it's certainly an ex Liberty ship, and judging by the state of the hull it's been there some time.
I'm a bit perplexed as to the symmetrical structures affixed to where you'd normally find the fore and aft gun tubs, they almost look like beacons.
The fact that there's no superstructure/funnel or any signs of cargo gear aside from the two samson posts suggests they've been cut back in a deliberate manner, perhaps scrapped.
I wonder if this could be a beached Liberty used as a navy/airforce target?


Photos here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300606532797?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2 Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D300606532797%26_sacat%3D0%2 6_odkw%3DBP%2BOil%2BTanker%26_osacat%3D0%26_trksid %3Dp3286.c0.m270.l1313%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

John Rogers
4th October 2011, 19:23
I would say it's certainly an ex Liberty ship, and judging by the state of the hull it's been there some time.
I'm a bit perplexed as to the symmetrical structures affixed to where you'd normally find the fore and aft gun tubs, they almost look like beacons.
The fact that there's no superstructure/funnel or any signs of cargo gear aside from the two samson posts suggests they've been cut back in a deliberate manner, perhaps scrapped.
I wonder if this could be a beached Liberty used as a navy/airforce target?


Photos here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300606532797?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2 Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D300606532797%26_sacat%3D0%2 6_odkw%3DBP%2BOil%2BTanker%26_osacat%3D0%26_trksid %3Dp3286.c0.m270.l1313%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

It could have been used for storage.

John

joebuckham
4th October 2011, 19:41
It could have been used for storage.

John

judging by the holes in it somebody objected to what was being stored there. it looks like a target for someone with serious fire power.

clevewyn
4th October 2011, 19:57
I think you will find this is the SS James E. Longstreet as she was at that time, now a sunken wreck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p38khYKxqLI

andysk
4th October 2011, 23:33
Thanks guys, I thought someone would know the history !
Cheers
Andy