Build: 1972 by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company – Chester, Pennsylvania in US of A, nr 657
Really, there shouldn’t be anything ugly about this ship. When built in 1972, she was the largest US-flagged vessel ever constructed, and she followed a pretty generic, if new at the time, format for oil tanker construction.
But as Paul Sullivan comments on his photo on shipspotting.com, “Nearly just a silhouette because of the back lighting, but it gives you the idea of how ugly she was. Nothing but a stove pipe for a stack!”
And yes, how the silhouette does:
Why someone chose to omit a perfectly normal stack in favor of this thing, I don’t know. But if they hadn’t, this now-scrapped vessel would just be another tanker relegated to the footnotes of history.
Instead, she’s an Official Ugly Ship!