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Mispillion's Last Transit

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jamesgpobog



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A pic of USS Mispillion AO 105 making her last transit of the Panama Canal on her way to the breakers in Brownsville Texas.
· Date: Tue, 21 February 12 · Views: 337
· Filesize: 71.4kb · Dimensions: 960 x 575 ·
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Keywords: mispillion
Source of Image, If not your own: Canal webcam
Location photo was taken: Miraflores locks
Date photo was taken: 02/21/12
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NickNZ

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Wed, 22 February 12 00:51

Nice series of photo's. Wouldn't it have been cheaper to break her on the West Coast? Seems a lot of effort, and expense to tow her all the way around.

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GEORDIE LAD

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Wed, 22 February 12 16:50

Saw her this morning at her final berth in Brownsville......Doug
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jamesgpobog

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Thu, 23 February 12 00:06

Couldn't have been her at Brownsville, she just made the transit today.
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GEORDIE LAD

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Thu, 23 February 12 08:05

Could be,but she must have a sister sitting at the scrapper in the Port of Brownsville.Will try to get a pic in the next few days....Doug
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jamesgpobog

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Thu, 23 February 12 13:11

Yep, quite possible. There were a total of 8 that were 'jumboized', and the next series built after her look very similar, but are in fact a different design. I will check my source and see if I can find out what's being scrapped right now.
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jamesgpobog

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Sun, 4 March 12 17:50

Concerning the current ship at Brownsville, Mispillion just arrived today, March 4, 2012. Esco Marine is scrapping another oiler, Taluga, AO-62.
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Wallace Slough
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Sun, 4 March 12 19:43

Nick
Another scrap yard has been opened on the West Coast relatively recently at the old Mare Island Naval Shipyard rather recently. Of course it makes more sense to scrap the older vessels here rather than tow them all the way around through the canal to Texas. We need to blame California and our NIMBY (not in my back yard) friends for the difficulty in obtaining permits to finally open the scrap yard at the old graving docks in Vallejo. In California, we have high unemployment, and a State government that is disfunctional. I suppose that's the price of living in a very liberal region.
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jamesgpobog

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Sun, 4 March 12 20:56

@ Wallace... Mispillion was prepped for towing at the Mare Island drydocks in January. I was privileged to go aboard her twice while she was there. There's a ton of pix at the FaceBook page 'Mispillion Sailors', and at

http://navy.memorieshop.com/Mispillion/index.html
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Wallace Slough
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Mon, 5 March 12 01:48

James
Thanks for the link. I piloted lots of ships going to scrap out of Suisun over the years, and it's like a time warp back to when they were laid up. The mess room would be left just as it was when the ship was laid up maybe 20 or 25 years earlier. There would be announcements posted on the blackboard of when the ship would be vacated, etc. Very interesting, and very sad at the same time.
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jamesgpobog

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Fri, 9 March 12 14:32

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The mess room would be left just as it was when the ship was laid up maybe 20 or 25 years earlier. There would be announcements posted on the blackboard of when the ship would be vacated, etc. Very interesting, and very sad at the same time.
Not a lot of that on Mispillion, but I know what you mean, and have seen such pictures. Yes, it is quite sad.
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