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Former US Navy LST in commercial service

Former US Navy LST in commercial service

This vessel appears to have been a former US Navy LST (Landing Ship Tank), and was photographed at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1977. Judging by the Kelly-Green paint job, she must have been in commercial service. I presume she was being used as a Ro-Ro, as the clam-shell doors are still clearly visible at the bow. Unfortunately, the name is illegible.

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There seems to be a gap just before the end of the name, so considering the location, a reasonable candidate might be ARABDRILL I, owned by Arabian Drilling Co., Ras El Khafji, Saudi Arabia. She was built in 1943 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, as LST-212. The 1979 Lloyd's Register gives her as ex Neptune IV - 66 ; Il Ponte - 65 ; Muriel H - 58 ; LST-212, and classes her as TM Tender for offshore installations - conv General Cargo 66. Miramar adds ex El Cuis - 52 ; LST-212 - 47, and states that she was broken up in 1979, but not deleted from Lloyd's until 1998.
 

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Thanks Klaatu 83 and Graham,
Very similar to Empire Baltic ex LST 3519.
All ASNC ex LST's were built in UK or Canada.
 

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"illegible" That's an odd name to call a ship.
 

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You are very sharp off the mark on this bright Monday morning Chris!!
Best regards,
Stan
 

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I remember seeing her in Jeddah.but can,t remember the name. At that time Jeddah port was congested and Ro/Ro,s had priority in docking.Most of the cargo ships at anchor were discharging cement for new wharves to be built,some discharging cement by helicopter.One dock was lined with various vessels with ramps.be they proper ro/ro,s or not. At the time I was on the Jeddah Crown on a regular service from Felixtowe
 

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