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Photographer:shipjohn [View profile]Title:Texaco MaracaiboAdded:Jan 10, 2021
Captured:September 21, 1978IMO:6420252Hits:772
Location:Eddystone, United States
Photo Category: Tankers built before 1970
inbound Delaware River 3 months before Domo.
Vessel Identification
Name:Texaco Maracaibo
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tanker
Gross tonnage:47,630 tons
Summer DWT:100,320 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1965
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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steam25 on Jan 12, 2021 18:15 (4 days ago)
Beautiful vessel. Nice lines, proportions, design - all so classic. I was lucky to sail as a cadet on one of similar "midship bridge" type of steamers, though a bit smaller size. Was young and silly, dreaming of all career long sailing on steam turbines... They scrapped them all a year before I graduated.
My impression was that deck officers were quite happy to live separately, in the midship "white house" as we called it, away from engine room and ratings. They had a mess room, pantry, officers lounge with the piano, open swimming pool and a volleyball court. Nice and quiet life - no noise, no vibration. Separate A/C unit was lot better than ours, in the aft.
"White house" population : Captain, 4 deck officers, 2 radio officers, Chief steward. Almost a full crew of modern day small vessel.
I was inside twice - sign on and sign off. They hardly tolerated visitors, and when going to the pool, we felt like in the neighbor's back yard. For 20 yr old kids it was hard enough to keep quiet in the pool.
pieter melissen on Jan 12, 2021 07:58 (5 days ago)
So the mid superstructure required a double life boat installation, probably a double galley, and a separation from the deck staff and the engine room staff for most of the time. Socially speaking the all-aft system was also a great improvement.
Jim McQuarrie on Jan 11, 2021 18:15 (5 days ago)
Catwalk safer with no oil spillage
Bob Scott on Jan 11, 2021 17:13 (5 days ago)
On the couple of old tankers I've been on, the only aternative to the catwalk was to walk on the deck
ChasB46 on Jan 11, 2021 15:02 (5 days ago)
Hi Pieter, maybe a silly answer but if alternative route
why install the catwalk/walkway? From old photos of crew getting swamped by waves while on the catwalk I have always assumed that was the only route. I'll await the definitive answer from someone who served on them.
pieter melissen on Jan 11, 2021 08:10 (6 days ago)
Always wondered whether on such ships there was an inside passageway to get from the bridge to the engine room or was the catwalk the only option?
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