Texaco North Dakota class

Pat Matthews
5th April 2006, 01:23
Somewhat famous here in the States, the 5 North Dakota class tankers were immortalized in a 27 inch long toy sold for $3 and a tank of gas at Texaco stations in the 60's.
I'm a model builder with an inexplicable fascination for these ships... have a website:
http://www.geocities.com/y2patmat/textanker/
where the plug is often pulled for exceeding my bandwidth.

Thought I'd share a nice builder's photo of one, the New York.
Would love to hear from anyone who's sailed on these 19 knot "drug store" ships.

Pat Matthews

Jim MacIntyre
5th April 2006, 02:10
Hello Pat.
There's a restaurant here in medford NJ and the owner has been collecting these toys for years (he has a full wall dedicated to the annual Hess Trucks)
Obviously there is a WenMac Texaco tanker. I asked him if he would sell it and he said for $1200 it would be mine.. Needless to say it still enjoys a prominent position in his display, but not a bad investment for under four bucks in 1960...
I also looked into your web-site and discovered that I have one of the limited edition FAMM models of the OHIO - extra rigging and felt bottom - which I obtained while I was working at Stolt in Greenwich Ct.
Cheers
Jim MacIntyre

Pat Matthews
5th April 2006, 12:24
Jim-
Sounds like a great place to visit!
But he over-values the toy ship. Mint examples, with original box and owner's manual, fetch around $300 on ebay. I got my fixer-upper (which I didn't mind hacking up in an r/c conversion) for about $60. The special FAMM model might also go for $2-300, the base FAMM's go for $1-200.

Cheers,
Pat M

tanker
5th April 2006, 20:53
Great shot dhe was renamed BLANCO in 1981 of U.S.
Gp

xgzan
22nd February 2011, 13:50
Somewhat famous here in the States, the 5 North Dakota class tankers were immortalized in a 27 inch long toy sold for $3 and a tank of gas at Texaco stations in the 60's.
I'm a model builder with an inexplicable fascination for these ships... have a website:
http://www.geocities.com/y2patmat/textanker/
where the plug is often pulled for exceeding my bandwidth.

Thought I'd share a nice builder's photo of one, the New York.
Would love to hear from anyone who's sailed on these 19 knot "drug store" ships.

Pat Matthews


I know it's been years since this was first posted, but my good friend served as chief engineer on the New York. I even was aboard her once myself while she was in Port Everglades back in 1984. I remember how he told me how the wheel house was cut off and put on top of the aft house. If you want to speak directly to him, e-mail me and I will set it up.

kewl dude
26th September 2012, 17:54
http://www.reocities.com/y2patmat/textanker/

Greg Hayden