Sinclair Petrolore

Posted: 3 September, 2010 by SeaBart in ugly
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Sinclair Petrolore

IMO : ??

Build : 1955 by National Bulk Carriers Inc., Kure Shipbuilding Division – Kure in Japan, nr 35

Via the Facebook extension of this site Mike Hogan expressed his opinion about the Sinclair Petrolore: basically saying she was the ugliest vessel ever to float on the seven seas…and he is quit right. She was a one-of-a-kind vessel: a oil/ore carrier with her own conveyor boom to unload the ore. And even in those times she was considered unusual & ugly as sin.

She was owned & operated by National Bulk Carriers, a company owned by a certain mr Daniel K. Ludwig. This gentlemen had very strict ideas about vessels: he never allowed anything on his vessels which couldn’t carry any cargo so all the vessels suffered from the severe lines he advocated: a skinny smokestack, low after deckhouse, and a rather austere bridge structure. And boy : did he advocate some ugly vessels, we might get back later on several others of his vessels. (In the mean time: have a look here if you are really curious).

Dunno source, via

Concluding: Even in the old days (when the air was still clean & sex dirty) they knew how to make very ugly ships;

This one didn’t have a long life, after 5 years of trading the 7 seas she sank after an explosion.


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