Henry P. Lading
IMO : 8646484
Built : 1930 by Palmers’ SB. & Iron Co., Ltd. – Newcastle in the U.K., nr 1000 as Peter Hurll (tanker)
Converted : 1963 (bow only, rest of the vessel was scrapped) by ??? – Aarhus in Denmark
This must be the oldest still active vessel that will be featured here on Uglyships.com, the hull was basically build in 1930 as part of the tanker Peter Hurrl, as seen on the pic below.
In 1963 the ex-Peter Hurll, then named Esso Kobenhavn was send to the scrapyard after 33 years of service, including surviving WWII. Only her bow was saved and sold to Det Store Nordiske Telegraf-Selskab A/S, Copenhagen who rebuild that part of the hull into a cablelayer.
And as such she still survives in working condition today. and in that disguise she is the victim of our attention because she sure aint pretty.
But as my parents have taught me to have respect for the elderly I will not slaughter her, I will just show the pictures and let them tell the story.
So what do you think, should she be retired completely by now?