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Yorba Linda - (1921-1926)
See also : Yorba Linda - (1926-1953)
 "Yorba Linda", during war time.
 "Yorba Linda", during war time.
 
The "Yorba Linda", seen here towing the "Mobilube" in 1947, was built in 1921.
Sold for scrap in 1953.
 
"Yorba Linda".

Source : Pacific Marine Review, Volume 17, October 1919
NEW CONSTRUCTION
BETHLEHEM SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION, LTD., Alameda Works.
Yorba Linda, hull 5307, tanker for General Petroleum Company, keel laid May 17/20; launching October 30/20,
estimated; delivery January 27/21, estimated; 435 LBP; 56 beam; 26 loaded draft; 11 loaded speed; 11,100 DWT; Rec. engines, 2700 IHP; 3 Scotch boilers, 15 x 11-9.

Yorba Linda
LOA 453 ', Beam 56 ', Depth 36 ' 6 ", 11,000 DWT, 76,281 bbls. Triple expansion engine 48" stroke 10.6 knots.
Commissioned 21 January 1921 at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Alameda, California. Purchased later in 1921 by  General Petroleum Company and acquired in 1926 by Socony.
Yorba Linda was brought to the US east coast after Socony acquired her and placed on the shuttle run from Beaumont, Texas,  to the cold side of Hatteras. With a few exceptional offshore voyages she remained in domestic service for almost 15 years.
On 3 July 1933, Yorba Linda was plunging into heavy seas 112 miles south of New York, making what time she could against a raging nor'easter. Visibility was slight, but better than none at all. Suddenly a sea-battered,sloop-rigged yacht hove into sight  with seven people clinging desperately to her stripped rigging. She was the Shawara, an unlucky entrant in the New York-Bermuda race. Six men and one woman owe their lives to Yorba Linda.
Shortly before the outbreak of WWII yorba linda was sold to Standard-Vacuum Oil Company, a partially-owned enterprise, and placed in Stanvac's Panamanian fleet. She was requisitioned for war service by WSA and led a charmed life. The closest she came to bleeding was when she was subjected to a blistering German air raid while delivering a cargo of Navy fuel to Malta in  March 1943.

After the war, she distinguished herself by towing the "dead" Mobilube ( which had been torpedoed just outside Sydney,  Australia, and used throughout the war by the Navy as a "non-self-propelled" yard oiler ) from Subic Bay, Philippines, across  the Pacific to San Francisco for repairs. ( See below )
Yorba Linda was sold by Standard-Vacuum Oil Company in October 1953 for the value of her steel.

A new marine towing record 6,350 miles was established in 1947 by Socony Vacuum Oil Company, Inc., in towing its war damaged tanker Mobilube from Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands to San Francisco Bay.
When a Jap torpedo found its mark In January, 1943, the Mobilube's hull was damaged and her engine room put out of ommission. For the remainder of the war she  served the Navy as a mobile oil tank, being towed behind active units of the United States Fleet.

The saga of this record tow began on May 26, 1947, when a Standard Vacuum Oil Company tanker, the Yorba Linda, steamed out of Subic Bay with the Mobilube in tow behind two hundred fathoms of Tubbs Extra Superior Manila Rope. According to Captain A. L dark, the Mobilube's original skipper, the strain on the 12" Extra Superior was so great at times that the line calipered only 9 5/8" circ. Extra Superior Manila once again proved its complete dependability and brought the tanker home safely 45 days after leaving Subic Bay.

The Miramar Ship Index for
YORBA LINDA
IDNo / IMO
2221009
Year
1921
Name
YORBA LINDA
Flag
USA
Owner
General Petroleum Corp.
Type
Tanker
Tons
6900
DWT
10100
LOA
138.07
LPP
132,60
Beam
17,10
Draft
7.92
Machenery
1T-10.5
ShipDesign
Builder
Bethlehem SB Corp
Yard
Alameda
Yard No
5307
Country built
USA
Keel
17.05.1920
Launch
22.11.1920
Completed
21.01.1921
Subsequent History
1926 YORBA LINDA - Standard Tptn., Co., Inc.
1931 YORBA LINDA - Standard-Vacuum Tptn Co., Inc.
1936 YORBA LINDA - Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc.
1941 YORBA LINDA - Petroleum Sg., Co., Ltd.
End
1953
Disposal Data
Scrapped at Hikari 06.1953