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The Thomas Lynch, another candidate for the Rustbucket Hall of Fame, was built in 1955 as Sooner Mariner. The Pacific Far East Line bought the ship the same year and renamed it Korean Bear. PFEL eventually changed the name to Korea Bear under which name I saw the ship in 1967 at San Francisco. The ship was acquired by the Waterman Steamship Corporation in 1973 and renamed Thomas Lynch for Thomas Lynch Jr, a signer of the American Declaration of Independence representing the state of South Carolina. When I saw the Thomas Lynch in May 1980 Waterman was not expending much on maintenance and the ship looked much as it does in the drawing (unlike the Korea Bear which was immaculate). The Thomas Lynch was sold for scrap in 1980 which presumably explains the shoddy appearance. Thomas Lynch the man was born in 1749 and died when the ship he was aboard was lost at sea without a trace in 1779.
· Date: Wed, 6 September 17 · Views: 279
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Source of Image, If not your own: Pencil drawing by David Hendrickson
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vegaskip
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Wed, 6 September 17 13:57

'Nother nice drawing bringing an old ship and her name to the front of memories.
Jim
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Spanish Binnacle

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Thu, 7 September 17 02:42

Splendid freighter! Nice one!

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Wallace Slough
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Fri, 8 September 17 23:18

David
I love your drawing of the old Korea Bear. You're correct that she was in immaculate condition when PFEL had her. As I've noted previously, I was second mate on the President Jackson westbound out of San Francisco in 1968 bound around the world with Mrs. Wait as one of our passengers. Her husband Captain Wait was master of the Korea Bear and we passed at sea as she was eastbound for San Francisco at a combined speed of 40 knots. It was a poignant moment for Mrs. Wait who wouldn't see her husband for four months until we arrived back in San Francisco.
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DHendrickson
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Sat, 9 September 17 06:00

Thank you for the comments. I saw a good number of the former APL, States SS Co and PFEL Mariner freighters after Waterman got them in the early 1970s. Most presented a fairly decent appearance except for the Thomas Lynch and Thomas Nelson (ex Philippine Bear) which was as sorry looking as the Thomas Lynch. Inasmuch as APL, States, and PFEL (and Waterman for that matter) generally took good care of their ships, it was odd (and sad) to see some looking so shabby after being sold.
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blausioux

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Sat, 9 September 17 08:50

A very nice drawing!
The eyes goes from the masts to the texture on the hull to the water.
Great!
Emil

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sea dangler
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Sun, 10 September 17 03:43

Lovely work David,with the usual interesting history.
David
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