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QUEEN OF BERMUDA - OCEAN MONARCH, Hamilton c. 1958

QUEEN OF BERMUDA - OCEAN MONARCH, Hamilton c. 1958

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Hamilton c. 1958. QUEEN OF BERMUDA at No. 1, OCEAN MONARCH outbound for New York.
Oil on panel, 18 x 24. Dated 2021.
 

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Stephen, what a fantastic painting the two ships and Hamilton harbor have come alive with this scene of yesteryears gone by.

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Bravo Stephen, you've got it all in one painting that is just how I remember it although I never saw both ships together. The tug - is that the Justice?

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Excellent painting Stephen,lots of different interesting sections combined to make a great historic scene.
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Bravo Stephen, you've got it all in one painting that is just how I remember it although I never saw both ships together. The tug - is that the Justice?

Fred
Greetings Fred!

I should have done a painting of QOB, OCEAN MONARCH and MARINIA. That would be the classic! The MONARCH could be found in some old photos of the two ships together, but MONARCH was also seen in St George's. I have seen one photo of MARINIA with QOB and also one of MARINIA with OCEAN MONARCH. The best classic is MARINIA assisting MONARCH OF BERMUDA in St George's in 1965. MOB as Greek Line's ARKADIA.

MARINIA was 'missing' Bermuda scene... wasn't about August 1965. She was assisting a US Navy vessel MISSION CAPTISTRANO. Where you on board then? What about the SMITH VOYAGER episode, Christmas 1964. I know Slamin' Sam was there. Never saw any photos of that event either, apart one shot of the SMITH VOYAGER before abandoned.

Stephen
 

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Almost Forgot.... Yes, JUSTICE (ex EMPIRE LOLA).

I have the photo taken from the parapet. Famous Kodak photo. The MONARCH is not shown in the photo. I had another photo, taken from the shoreline, with MONARCH departing, passing the QOB and JUSTICE assisting. CHAUNCEY M DEPEW as well. I went to find the location of the original photo as I needed more of the city skyline to include MONARCH. I found the spot taken from the original view from the parapet. Someone has built a new house and it blocks the view!

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Almost Forgot.... Yes, JUSTICE (ex EMPIRE LOLA).

I have the photo taken from the parapet. Famous Kodak photo. The MONARCH is not shown in the photo. I had another photo, taken from the shoreline, with MONARCH departing, passing the QOB and JUSTICE assisting. CHAUNCEY M DEPEW as well. I went to find the location of the original photo as I needed more of the city skyline to include MONARCH. I found the spot taken from the original view from the parapet. Someone has built a new house and it blocks the view!

Stephen
Well done, Stephen. Those were the days.
 

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Hi Stephen.

Yes, a painting of Marinia and QOB / MOB ould be a classic. I only have a few 35mm slides from my time in Bermuda, must go through them sometime to see what's there. I joined Marinia after the Smith Voyager job I was on board for the operations with Mission Capistrano. We heard that the Navy tugs did not operate in winds over force 5 so Marinia was used and was still working in force 8 gales. I can't believe that is true.

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Fred.... FYI


Not sure where she was... I am thinking she was working in the area off Bermuda for a month. Must have taken a run to the island for bunkers and beer... I mean milk.

I wonder who made money of this charter. She was on charter to Bermuda Govt. I wonder if Bda then sub chartered to USN or if OTS did the charter and give Bda a break to let the ship... go in the middle of the summer season.

Stephen
Well done, Stephen. Those were the days.

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General characteristics
United States
History
USNS Mission Capistrano (AO-112)
Namesake:Mission San Juan Capistrano
Builder:Marinship, Sausalito, California[1]
Yard number:43
Laid down:29 February 1944
Launched:7 May 1944
Acquired:14 June 1944
Reclassified:(AG-162), 1 July 1960
Stricken:1 January 1955
Identification:IMO number: 7517466
Fate:Sold to Mission Drilling & Exploration Corp, New Orleans, LA, 15 Mar 1973
Status:Scrapped, 1980-82
Displacement:
  • 5,532 tons (light);
  • 21,880 tons (full)
Length:524 ft 0 in (160 m)
Beam:68 ft 0 in (21 m)
Draft:30 ft 0 in (9 m)
Propulsion:Turbo-electric, single screw
Speed:16.5 knots (31 km/h)
Complement:52 mariners
Armament:2 x 5 in (2x1), 8 x 20mm (8x1) (WWII)
SS Mission Capistrano was a Type T2-SE-A2 tanker built for the United States Maritime Commission during World War II. After the war she was acquired by the United States Navy as USS Mission Capistrano (AO-112). Later the tanker transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS Mission Capistrano (T-AO-112). She was a Mission Buenaventura-class oiler and was named for San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, California.
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Originally laid down on 29 February 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull (MC hull 1819) under a Maritime Commission contract as SS Mission Capistrano at the Marinship Corporation in Sausalito, California; launched on 7 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. James E. George; and delivered on 14 June 1944. Chartered to Pacific Tankers Inc., she spent the rest of the War supporting allied forces overseas (during which time she was awarded the National Defense Service Medal), until returned to the Maritime Commission on 20 April 1946 and laid up at the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet at Mobile, Alabama. Acquired by the Navy on 17 November 1947, she was designated as Mission Capistrano (AO‑112) and transferred to the Naval Transportation Service for duty. She served with this service until 1 October 1949 when the Naval Transportation Service was absorbed into the new Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and laid up at the Beaumont, Texas, Reserve Fleet.[2]
Redesignated USNS Mission Capistrano (T‑AO‑112), she was transferred to the operational control of MSTS on the same date. She continued her service with MSTS until 1 January 1955 when she was placed out of service, struck from the Naval Vessel Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration and laid up at the Beaumont, Texas Reserve Fleet. Reacquired by the Navy on 5 July 1956, she was transferred to MSTS on the same date and placed in service for further duty with MSTS. She continued her voyages along the world’s tanker routes transporting oil to and from the United States until early 1960, when she entered the Todd Pacific Shipyards at New Orleans, Louisiana for conversion to a "Sound Testing Ship." Reclassified USNS Mission Capistrano (AG‑162) on 1 July 1960 she was modified to carry an ultra‑high‑powered sonar transducer array some five stories high and several tons in weight. The transducer could be raised and lowered like a centerboard through the ship’s bottom. Upon completion of her conversion, she was placed in service as USNS Mission Capistrano (T-AG-162) (date unknown) and joined "Project Artemis," a project intended to ultimately produce a system that could detect submarines at long range.[2]
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the "National Defense Reserve Fleet," Mission Capistrano was sold by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for commercial purposes in 1972 and converted to a "drill ship." Renamed Mission Exploration by 1975, she was scrapped 5 years later in Brownsville, Texas.[3][4]
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