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An aerial view of the Latchford Lock of the Manchester Ship Canal, photographed about 1960. Taken from a 1960's German illustrated book, depicting Great Britain and Ireland.

An Esso tanker is entering the lock. It is apparently the motor tanker ESSO PLYMOUTH (6837 GRT / 3967 NET), launched on 9 Jan 1936 as COMANCHEE (II) by John Brown & Co., Ltd., Clydebank, yard number 544, and completed in March 1936 for the Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd., Glasgow. In 1950 sold to Esso Petroleum Co., Ltd., Glasgow and renamed Esso Plymouth. She was placed for disposal in 1962 and on 13 Aug 1962 arrived at Grimstad to be broken up by Norsk Skipsopphugnings Co.

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I am puzzled as to the identity of the Esso Tanker. The 1938 built Esso Plymouth (ex comanchee) used to be a regular visitor to Modewheel sp.?? with lubes but, she was scrapped in 1962. I think the only remaining T2 in 1964/5 was the Esso Glasgow but I don't remember her going up the upper canal past Latchford, can anyone shed some light? Bruce.
 

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To Bruce: the photograph could have been taken as early as 1960 or even in the late 1950's. The book itself, I took the image from, was printed in 1966. Photo details of every kind are lacking, so the date is an assumption. Sebastian
 

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Hello Sebastion; Sorry, I misread your original posting, If the photo was taken in 1960 or earlier then that could include other T2s but, my choice for running that far up the canal would be the Plymouth, ex Comanchee, which pre-dated the T2s by many years.
Bruce.
 

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