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Old 20th October 2005, 17:58
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Doing some research to answer a fellow members question I chanced across a reference on the US Coast Guard web site to the Texaco Maracaibo being involved in some sort of accident in 1965 but does not provide any details. Is there any chance any of you lads, and lasses of course, would have some details on this? I'm almost sure the oracle, Rudd would have a photograph of her.
Texaco Maracaibo Built H&W Belfast yard number 1656 Launched 6th August 1964 delivered 14th January 1965 51774 tons for Texaco (Panama) Inc.
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Ahoy,

Sorry can't help you out this time, I do have a lot of Texaco tankers, but not this one, didn't she sunk?
Seems on Riversea-Tugtalk there is a photo of her.
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Ahoy Ruud,
I can't believe I've managed to stump you on a photograph. Regarding her fate that is the problem I simply don't know. It would appear that she was involved in some kind of disaster in 1965 which is when she entered service but I simply can't locate any details of the incident. She appears to have simply disappeared after this as no record of her or a name change can be found. Texaco simply refuse to answer any questions on her, it's all very strange, even stranger the H&W archives don't have a photograph either.
Thanks for trying to find one anyway. P.S. Apologies for mis-spelling your name earlier.
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Oul hand,

How intriguing! I have dug about since reading your original post and, like you, have turned up absolutely nothing! I vividly remember her name but, for the life of me, I can not remember her fate. I have one or two more avenues to explore, but that may take a day or two. Hmmm!
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Exclamation what have I started?

Gulpers,

Yeah it's all very strange, she appears to have simply vanished off the radar. I drew a blank from the US Coast Guard except for a vague reference to a disaster in 1965, also drew a blank from the Texaco/Chevron web site where she had no listing at all among the list of tankers. Hopefully you will have better luck than me with your research. I know a few lads at LLoyds Register so I've run my query past them even if she was ABS registered they might have some knowledge of her fate. To think this all started with a simple question about a funnel.
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Oul hand,

You are following almost exactly the same route as me. This has become a challenge ..... there must be some info out there!

p.s. She did have a funnel!
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Ahoy,

Nevermind the miss-spelling, I knew it was mentioned for me, that's enough.
If you "Google" on the name Texaco Maracaibo, than appears a ship in Images, and furnished by Riversea[postcards], maybe you should ask there.

http://riversea.tugtalk.co.uk/

U.S. Coastguard only describes her only in their list of disaster and shipwrecks;and they seems to have a photo.

Name: TEXACO MARACAIBO

Year of Disaster: 1965

Place of Disaster:

Vessel/s Involved: supertanker

Photo: yes

Official Records: no

News Articles: no

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Ruud,

Yeah, got the picture. Spooky though, I made the same search yesterday with negative results ........ the plot thickens!
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Gulpers, Ruud,

Spooky indeed I had the same result yesterday. The US Coast Guard will not grant access to their photograph and I'm still awaiting their response as to why not. Like Alice in wonderland it just gets curiousier and curiousier.
Yes she had a funnel, big smokey thing at the back Just what are we digging into here?
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Whatever befell the "Texaco Maracaibo" she obviously survived it as she was still listed in the 1970's. A Texaco tanker with a name from the same geographical area which sank and of which Ruud may be thinking was the "Texaco Caribbean".
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Strange! I have looked at the same USCG information which Ruud quotes. Something happened to the Maracaibo in 1965 and, whether she survived or not, there was certainly an incident at that time which is difficult to trace.
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This is getting like the X Files. Still awaiting a response from the USCG re details of the incident and access to the photograph.
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Trying to dredge back in my memory.
Was this not the incident where - while outward bound from the lake fully laden - she
ran up on some obstruction or shoaled ground. The case was notable for the fact
that pilotage authority blamed the lake authority and vice versa, each saying the
other should have been aware of the danger.
I seem to think it was something along these lines.
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John,

That does sound familiar.

Just checked Lloyd's. No casualty history there.
Additional detail to Oul hand's original posting:-

TEXACO MARACAIBO

Flag: Panama
DWT: 100320
C/S: HPDR
Broken Up: 26/12/78 Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp., Kaohsiung
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Texaco Maracaibo

Hi All

I've just uploaded an image of the Texaco Maracaibo.
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Unhappy Oh dear !

I am not very good at this & struggling to pick up the threads !!!

I didn't know that you were all discussing the "maracaibo"- I thought that all the info was just available on the photo page . Doh!

I have also gone down the USCG road and e-mailed them for info but have only just found that it has been done by you guys.

John Cassels version of events rings a bell for me , but can't confirm anything yet. Making other enquiries too and will post results if succesful !

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Wasn't the "Texaco Maracaibo" the tanker who ran aground off the coasts of Alaska with an huge oil pollution, causing the first enviromental disaster of this kind?
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Wasn't the "Texaco Maracaibo" the tanker who ran aground off the coasts of Alaska with an huge oil pollution, causing the first enviromental disaster of this kind?
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No, sorry Piero. That was EXXON VALDEZ. She ran aground on Bligh Reef, Prince William Sound, Alaska. 24 March 1989.
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Yes Gulpers, you are right. I remembered Exxon Valdez, but in my memory Texaco Maracaibo arises something of similar, although indefinite.
I just sent a query to LR, hoping in some kind of answer.
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Old 4th December 2005, 23:05
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Piero,

I hope you are correct - lets see what Lloyds come up with then. I still think John Cassels is closest to the mark though!
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Morning All,
the United States Coast Guard have replied to me today & a very nice letter received too! However it offers no further information about the " incident" that we are all trying to track down.
They have sent me a single photocopy of the " ' Maracaibo". It is a view taken from aft, looking for'ard and the ship seems to be under way on a normal voyage and is rather ordinary!
I will copy it and post it...it is not very clear .

The USCG Historian who wrote the letter says " this is all we have on Texaco Maracaibo", i.e. just one photo.
Will we ever get to the bottom of this ???


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Good try Patalavaca. My money is still on JC's version!
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Guys, this is driving me nuts.
Even tried archives of the New york times which go back to 1851. Plenty
references to Texaco Maracaibo but only re the sailing list,nothing about
a grounding.

Anyone remember Richard Cahill's two books - Collisions and their causes and
Groundings and their causes from about 20 years ago. Methinks I read about
the accident there.

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..anybody decent in Spanish to search archives in Venezuela?!!
The channel into Maracaibo is renowned for its groundings even in recent years, so I guess JC's notion is fairly spot-on. (The bridge itself got hammered in '64 by a passing tanker, parts of it collapsing, but that was before the TM was launched!)
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Believe it or not I have a photo of the said tanker I took on the Clyde in the sixties(?). will post when next scanning.
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