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Unknown Tankers - A

Same group of unknown tankers as Unknown Tankers - B ( posted 16.11. ) - seen from the opposite direction.
The tanker on the far left is Northern Conqueror, the others are unknown.
The nearest tanker, in the buoys, could perhaps have the Niarchos logo on the bow - also the funnel resembles the one o

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Yes I agree Stephen, I thought that too, maybe they have grain on board. There was a period in the late 60's/70's when the oil trade freight rates were so badly down that many tankers were cleaned and set up for the carriage of grain. Here seems to be perfect example as there are several grain elevators around, including floating ones, there's no sign of oil tanks in this particular haven, although they are obviously in the background. I well recall seeing the then large US Tanker 'Manhattan' (approx 90000 tons) discharging grain in Madras in 1969/70 or so.
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How are these ships actually moored? They seem too close together to be just anchored. Are they secured fore and aft? I cannot remember from the other photo if there were stern moorings.
 

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Found the other photo now, they are moored fore and aft. It had to be that thinking about it, couldn't see how else it was done.
 

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Yes, we can see the mooring buoys in the first photo, but can't see how this close-up ship is moored. No buoy forward. Anchor possibly.

Back to grain...remember the notes for cleaning tanks for switching to grain after oil, but then that was in an OBO. Read about on the old tankers switching to grain. Washing, steaming, caustic soda... what a work up for the crew of that must have been! Before and AFTER grain!

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The gearless bulker alongside the silo could be one of A.P.Moller's - the blue looks like the famous Moller blue .
 

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This is the Vlothaven in Amsterdam with the Cargill terminal on the right, so all the vessels shown would be carrying grain, soya, tapioca etc. Ships still are moored fore and aft to buoys here for discharge. I have a couple of books on the port of Amsterdam showing tankers here, but the photos are undated too. One oddity I have seen there was the LASH ship ACADIA FOREST in 1989, discharging corn gluten from Convent on the Mississippi.
 

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Ventilator tops on the frd goal posts of the nearest tanker are a match for an ex sovac/mobil ship of which I think there were 7 in total http://www.aukevisser.nl/mobil/id526.htm
 

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Thank you very much, Cisco for trying to solve the unknown tankers. I think you are right in your assumption. The seven Niarchos / Mobil tankers, you are thinking of, must be:

Mobil Astral became World Miracle. Mobil Aladdin became World Monarch. Mobil Comet became World Merchant. Mobil Daylight became World Majesty. Mobil Radiant became World Merit. Mobil Pegasus became World Memory and Mobil Brilliant became World Mermaid.

- so one or perhaps two of the unknown tankers are in this group.

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