Mobil Arctic

Posted: 12 February, 2010 by Fairlane in ugly
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Mobil Arctic

IMO: 7225075

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, “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:

Picture by Paul Sullivan via

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!

  1. Captain Wes Rasmussen says:

    That was my last ship for Mobil; got off in Panama from the Valdez run in January 1987. Didn’t miss it then, still don’t. One UGLY ship!!

  2. john says:

    I disagree. no ship is ugly. just like a woman, none are ugly just some are better looking than others. I worked on the Mobil Artic on part of her shake down cruise to Singapore as 2nd cook and baker. I left her in long beach to work ashore as I had just recently gotten married.

  3. Jack trow says:

    I was 2nd mate once on her. Bob Pfeiffer hated it as CE

  4. Paul Hughes says:

    Was Chief Engineer of the ugly ship 1980 – 1988. Loved it! She responded beautifully to a little attention and supported many families for many good years

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