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Yorba Linda - (1921-1926)
See also : Yorba Linda - (1926-1953)

 
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 commission. 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 95/8" 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:
2221009
Year:
1921
Name:
YORBA LINDA
Launch Date:
22.11.1920
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
01.1921
Flag:
USA
Keel:

Tons:
6900
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
5307
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
132.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
17.1
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Alameda
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1T-10.5

Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Hikari 06.1953.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
221009
2221009
1921
YORBA LINDA
6900
-
General Petroleum Co.

Additional information Starke & Schell registers :

YORBA LINDA - USA,  1T (aft),  (10½)
6,900 grt for General Petroleum Corp., San Francisco,  435.0 x 56.0
Tanker built by Bethlehem SB. Corp., Alameda, Calif.,  (1)     #5307,   221009
1926 - Standard Transportation Co., New York
1931 - Standard-Vacuum Transportation Co., Inc., New York
1935 - Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., New York
1941 - Petroleum Shipping Co., Ltd., Panama, [Stanvac], PA
Broken up in Japan 1953, left Hong Kong 28.05.1953 in tow for Hikari.