american Texaco - The Texas Co. MV Louisiana (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1937
is nickname no
weight (tons) 8587  grt
dimensions 149.5 x 19.9 x 10.5 m
material steel
engine 1 diesel engine
armament 1x 4inch gun, 2x .50cal guns
power 1197  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 163
IMO/Off. no. 2236493
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 17/08/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.49rank: 593
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Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester (Pa)
Texaco - The Texas Co.
captain Joel A. Swanson
complement 8
no. of crew 40
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war grave
[2] Jordan, Roger, The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939
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entered 09/03/2011
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Vleggeert Nico09/03/2011The American motortanker Louisiana, on passage Trinidad to Rio de Janeiro, was torpedoed by U-108 and sank about 300 miles NE of Cayenne, French Guiana. There were no survivors.
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 Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester (Pa)
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company (Sun Ship) was developed by Sun Oil in 1916 as a tanker builder and was in continuous operation throughout the lean inter-war years. At the beginning of the WWII emergency, its 8 ways were increased to 20 with $28mm from the USMC, and later to 28, making it the single largest shipyard in the country. At its peak it employed more than 40,000 people, organized in four adjacent yards. The most northerly of the four, known as the #4 Yard, was manned almost exclusively by African-American workers. After the war, the South Yard and the #4 Yard were sold for industrial development and Sun continued as a merchant shipbuilder in the Central and North Yards. It was sold to Pennsylvania Shipbuilding (Penn Ship) in 1982, but closed in 1989. The North Yard is now Penn Terminals, a very successful independent cargo terminal: this was the first U.S. port facility to employ Boilermaker labor, a move that was so successful that Local 802 now also works Horizon Terminals, im Philly. The Central Yard site has been sold or leased for multiple uses: the south end is now part of neighboring Kimberly-Clark (formerly Scott Paper), the parking lot to the east of Morton Avenue is now a state penitentiary and the big floating dry-dock is now in Galveston; the remainder of the Central Yard is now Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack.

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