SS Gulfoil, 1912 - Ship Christening

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    Unidentified sponsor, SS Gulfoil, August 29, 1912. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

    The Gulfoil was the first American oil tanker built using the British design system of longitudinal framing, which allowed for the hull to better withstand the demands of heavy cargo.

    On May 16, 1942, the ship was sunk by a German U‑boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Eighteen crew and the captain survived after the ship sank in less than 2 minutes, and were rescued 35 hours later.

    For more background and additional photos, visit the Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs exhibit at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum.

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    1. rjfmgy 102 months ago | reply

      This little girl was obviously very serious about launching this ship...

    2. Kingkongphoto & 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Best Vintage Images on Flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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