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Great picture of her Duncan, do you know where it was taken and why she's 'dressed overall' ? Caltex Madrid, O/N 5058595, was launched on 11.6.60 by John Cockerill S.A., Hoboken, (Yard No 803), for Mij. tot Financiering van Bedrijfspanden N.V., managers Nederlandsche Pacific Tankvaart Mij. N.V. Completed in March 1961 she was 48,211 DWT, 735' 1" LOA, Breadth 105' 5¾", Summer Draught 37' 8¼". Powered by 2 Westinghouse steam turbines by builder geared to a single shaft. 17,000 hp @ 97.5 rpm, service speed 16.5 knots. Tanks 11C & 22W, single pump room housing 3 main cargo pumps and a separate stripping system, max. discharge. 6,840 t.w./hr. Butterworth portable tank cleaning system. Managers changed in 1969 to Chevron Tankers (Netherland) N.V. and she was renamed Chevron Madrid. She spent the rest of her life with Chevron going to the breakers in Kaohsiung on 11.9.81.
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Looks like photo taken in Whangarei Harbour, New Zealand. Vessel berthed at Refinery jetty. Shot taken from Reotahi at Harbour entrance with Passage Island in foreground. This would have been taken in late 1963 or early 1964. Ship dressed overall because this was the first shipment of feedstock for the new refinery.
 

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Took me a few minutes, but I concur, Whangarei.
Don't see too many shots from this angle.
 

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Thanks gentlemen, that fills in the gap for me. Looks a lot nicer than most tanker berths or is that a false impression because of where the picture was taken from?
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Alastair,
Definitely the former, a wonderful place to go. As I recall, Ruakaka was about 10 minutes to the South in the car, shops, pubs and a racing track (horses).
About 20 minutes up the harbour was the town of Whangarei itself. Used to really love going there, as I recall a regular thing was to watch the local rugby team play on Saturdays, I think they were called 'North Auckland', or was it 'Northland'. Perhaps the Kiwi contingent can help out here.
 

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Jim, many thanks for that, thought it looked a nice place and, by the looks of it, a good place for a sail if you could bum a ride. Wish I'd spent more time in Aus. & NZ and perhaps a little less in the Persian Gulf and on the Indian coast.
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The first vessel to bring a cargo of crude to the Mobil refinery at Whangerei was the Mobil Enterprise on the 23 February 1964. I was on board and still have a copy of the local newspaper The Northern Advocate.
 

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