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MARINE DUVAL was built in 1944 by the Kaiser Companies Swan Island yard in Portland Oregon as the T2 tanker CHALMETTE. She was renamed STANVAC BRISBANE in 1948, ESSO LYNCHBURG in 1951, LYNCHBURG in 1956 and MARINE DUVAL in 1969.
When seen in Galveston, Texas on the 31st March 2002 she was operating as a chemical tanker for Marine Transport Corporation with a gross tonnage of 15008 and looking much modified.
 

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Re "Marine Duval".
Amazing! She must have had extensive and extreme renovations because I feel like saying "Where are the masts, and what did they do with the bridge section amidships?".

Astonishing that they can take a hull that old, make it totally unrecognisable and still call it a 'T2'. Obviously they did, but it still leaves me scratching my head.
 

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Hi Old bosun on the lakes there are two ships that were built one as an oiler for the US navy during the war,they are still trading the Middleton belonging to Oglebay norton and the Lee A Tregurtha of Lakes Shipping,she to was built as a tanker during the war.Both trading as self unloaders
 

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Marine Duval

The Marine Duval is a name from the past I use to borrow parts from her while she was layed up in Galveston around 1991 or 92. Back in those days Penzoil which owned the Marine Duval would keep a Chief Engineer onboard so I had to sign for the parts. Over the years Penzoil updated the machinery on the Duval. While the Floridian's engine room stayed pretty much original. Both ships still had its turbo electric power plant.

I was Chief Engineer on the Marine Floridian which was on the same charter but was owned by MTL or the bank. The normal trip was from Galveston to Tampa. Sometimes we would go to Port Sulfur and Moorehead City.

Both ships were converted to carry molten sulfur. The cargo was kept at around 280 F. It was the only Tank Vessel I was on that we would use the biggest rose bud to heat the cargo pipes to melt the sulfur to get the cargo flowing again. Then the Mates and Captain would fire the deck hands for having lighters in their pockets while on deck.

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Re "Marine Duval".
Amazing! She must have had extensive and extreme renovations because I feel like saying "Where are the masts, and what did they do with the bridge section amidships?".

Astonishing that they can take a hull that old, make it totally unrecognisable and still call it a 'T2'. Obviously they did, but it still leaves me scratching my head.
They cut off the amidshiphouse from the main deck and reweld it Shelter Deck and all above the Engineers Level. So all the natural vents were replaced by noisey electric fans under the mates rooms.

All the rooms kept its T2 charm salt water heads, deck, engine and steward toilets and showers for the unlicensed crew but with the addition of Air Conditioning. The Chief Stewards room was used for the Cargo Office. The Wheelhouse still had the telemotor system and a Window Air Conditioning Unit.

The hull foward of the Aft Pumproom was replaced. But they put back the steam winches back on.

Just forward and aft of the manifold there were posts with small booms on them.


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They cut off the amidshiphouse from the main deck and reweld it Shelter Deck and all above the Engineers Level. So all the natural vents were replaced by noisey electric fans under the mates rooms.

All the rooms kept its T2 charm salt water heads, deck, engine and steward toilets and showers for the unlicensed crew but with the addition of Air Conditioning. The Chief Stewards room was used for the Cargo Office. The Wheelhouse still had the telemotor system and a Window Air Conditioning Unit.

The hull foward of the Aft Pumproom was replaced. But they put back the steam winches back on.

Just forward and aft of the manifold there were posts with small booms on them.


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I was the ABS Surveyor back when the DUVAL and FLORIDIAN were running in and out of Galveston. The DUVAL was laid up so much that I used the machine shop like it was my own. I remember the upgrade on the DUVAL. They made all the main engine controls electronic; but, as you said, didn't do the same to the FLORIDIAN. Now, I can't recall which one it was, but was it the FLORIDIAN that had the mud header leak on the port boiler back in the mid 90's? Memory fades. . . .
 

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I was the ABS Surveyor back when the DUVAL and FLORIDIAN were running in and out of Galveston. The DUVAL was laid up so much that I used the machine shop like it was my own. I remember the upgrade on the DUVAL. They made all the main engine controls electronic; but, as you said, didn't do the same to the FLORIDIAN. Now, I can't recall which one it was, but was it the FLORIDIAN that had the mud header leak on the port boiler back in the mid 90's? Memory fades. . . .
We had so many boiler leaks back then we finally got the boilers retubed using boiler tubes from the Sabine warehouse. I had to write requisitions to replace the tubes and have the new tubes deliveried to the Sabine warehouse. The Marine Super and the purchasing department were not to happy about explaining to the owners that we just bought new tubes for another company. But the boilers got retubed without the six month wait for the new tubes.

You were lucky using the Duval's machine shop, the Floridian did not have a working lathe for a very long time. The lathe was used to hold the packing material. When Marine Super bought us a second hand lathe we still could not use it since none of the tools could be used there was no tool post.

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We had so many boiler leaks back then we finally got the boilers retubed using boiler tubes from the Sabine warehouse. I had to write requisitions to replace the tubes and have the new tubes deliveried to the Sabine warehouse. The Marine Super and the purchasing department were not to happy about explaining to the owners that we just bought new tubes for another company. But the boilers got retubed without the six month wait for the new tubes.

You were lucky using the Duval's machine shop, the Floridian did not have a working lathe for a very long time. The lathe was used to hold the packing material. When Marine Super bought us a second hand lathe we still could not use it since none of the tools could be used there was no tool post.

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Joe
I do remember the Marine Super very well. His name was Joe, too.
 

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Joe was the Marine Super for the Marine Duval, Marine Floridian and the Marine Reliance. So Joe was my boss while I was on the Marine Floridian and the Marine Reliance.
My standing orders from Joe was not to call only when I needed something or when there was a problem. So about once a week I would call him at home while he was tending to get his children ready for school. This way I would not be on the phone to long and get the monthly lecture about the communication cost were to high.

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Joe was the Marine Super for the Marine Duval, Marine Floridian and the Marine Reliance. So Joe was my boss while I was on the Marine Floridian and the Marine Reliance.
My standing orders from Joe was not to call only when I needed something or when there was a problem. So about once a week I would call him at home while he was tending to get his children ready for school. This way I would not be on the phone to long and get the monthly lecture about the communication cost were to high.

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Joe
Yup, that was him.
 

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Hopefully attached is what they probably looked like from the front view..... they were unmistakeable as a class and once you knew the mods that had been done as a T2. The new hulls forward of the after pumproom were built in Germany and I remember passing one under tow in the English Channel to the shipyard where the engineroom was awaiting for it. There were a whole host of them done during the mid 60's if I remember.

Fascinating tales about the Stars of the thread .... We had a number of T2s in BP but whilst I heard many tales about them I did not get top sail on them ....

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There were two other sister ships to the Marine Duval and the Marine Floridian they were the Marine Texan and the Louisiana Brimstone.

Both the Marine Texan and the Louisania Brimstone ended there operating life with accidents. The Marine Texan went aground in Texas sat on the bottom with the house sticking out of the water. The Louisania Brimstone broke her back at Coatzacoalcos Mexico 20.2.91 & broken up at Alang 21.1.93

The Marine Floridian hit a bridge and had the bridge span land on the deck just in front of the house with a few of the cars still on the bridge. The official cause was steering gear knife switch vibrated out. After the accident all of the switches were turned around so the switch will close by gravity instead of opening. I heard twenty years later that the block of wood holding the main contacts closed fell out when the elctrical box popped open.

Other pictures of the ships are at
http://www.aukevisser.nl/inter/id476.htm
http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/19/19157.htm
 

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Hi There,
Your reference to the Marine Super at MTL, Joe Thelge was his name
No, Joe Walsh Just like the singer. I use to have a tape of Isn't life grand just for Joe when he came to visit the ship.

Joe Thelge may have been assigned to some other ships that I was not involved with. Each Marine Super had three ships to look after. I spent my time on the Sealift Tankers, the Marine Floridian,the Marine Reliance and some of the Cape H's also the Cape Douglas.

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Hi Surfaceblow,Did you coma accross Norman McAskle at MTL, also what can you tell us about the Marine Electric that went down with all hands carrying a cargo of coal out of Norfolk
 

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No, Joe Walsh Just like the singer. I use to have a tape of Isn't life grand just for Joe when he came to visit the ship.

Joe Thelge may have been assigned to some other ships that I was not involved with. Each Marine Super had three ships to look after. I spent my time on the Sealift Tankers, the Marine Floridian,the Marine Reliance and some of the Cape H's also the Cape Douglas.

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Joe

The Sealift Tankers, too? I spent some time with those ships, too. Bill Schriever was superintendent at the time. We did segregated ballast conversion on those ships, in both Houston and Galveston.
 
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