Photo of the Week
March 8, 2020
Continuing with the Jim Wich
collection this week with two more '50s vintage photos scanned from
35mm slides. This week I am posting photos of a ship by
the name of Pan-Massachusetts that came hobbling through the
Panama Canal on it's way to Kure, Japan to be refitted and placed back
in service. The ship collided with another ship name Phoenix in
the Delaware River in 1953 and both ships exploded and burned.
Phoenix was broken in two and was a total loss. Read the
whole story by visiting this website https://nashbulk.steamcheng.net/panmass.html
photo above shows Pan-Massachusetts entering Pedro Miguel locks
stern first because of obvious reasons when you see the next
photos. There are several rust brown PCC tugs and a couple of sea tugs
on her stern taking her on her long journey. Below are three other photos
that Jim took of the stern and three of the bow. What a mess this
ship is in and you wonder how it could be sea worthy to make it from
Baltimore to Japan. How....towing it backwards.
interesting thing I found while doing research on this boat was that
there was another Pan-Massachusetts that was built before this
one and served in WWII. The first Pan-Massachusetts was
sunk by a German U-Boat ...... now get this........sunk by the U Boat
off the coast of Florida near Canaveral. One of the only U-Boat
fatalities in U.S. waters. Considering the bad luck of the ship
featured in this week's photos, they should have never named the ship
the same as a the one that sunk.
from the Wich collection next week.
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