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Stanvac Pretoria - (1950-1962)
 
Launch of the "Stanvac Pretoria", June 21th, 1950.
"Stanvac Pretoria" was build in 1950 by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc.,
Sparrows Point, Md. #4479. 10,201 grt, 16,563 dwt.
Owned by A-C Tankers Co., Inc., Panama, in bare boat charter for Standard Vacuum Co., Ltd.
Damaged by stranding on Zuidvachter Island on 24/6/1962, broken up.
 
"Stanvac Pretoria".
( Photo Copyright Greek Shipping Miracle )
 
"Stanvac Pretoria".
( Photo collection Richard Cox )
 
"Stanvac Pretoria", photo taken on the Brisbane River Queensland
in the  mid to late 1940's.
 
"Stanvac Pretoria" damaged after a collision with the SS "Iberia" of P&O Lines in 1956,
at the Mazagaon Dockyard, Bombay.
( Photo thanks to Frank Holden )
 
SS "Iberia", built in 1954, by Harland & Wolff, Belfats.
Broken up at Kaohsiung 05.09.1972
"Iberia" after accident in the Indian Ocean in 1956.
( Photo: © Alan Cedargreen )
"Iberia" after accident in the Indian Ocean in 1956.
( Photo: © Alan Cedargreen )
"Iberia" after accident in the Indian Ocean in 1956.
( Photo: © Alan Cedargreen )

STANVAC PRETORIA, PA, 1ST (aft)(15)
     10,202 GRT for A-C Tankers Co., Inc., Panama,  501' 8 x 68' 4
          Tanker built by Bethlehem Sparrow's Point Shipyard, Inc., Sparrow's Point, Md.,  (8),  #4479
Broken up at Singapore 1962 by Malayan Shipbreakers, Ltd., arrived 16.09.1962, work completed in 02.1963,
sold with unrepaired grounding damage sustained 24 June 1962 east of Zuidwachter Island

The Miramar Ship Index for "STANVAC PRETORIA"
IDNo:
5607722
Year:
1950
Name:
STANVAC PRETORIA
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
21.06.1950
Flag:
PAN
Date of completion:
08.1950

Tons:
10201
Link:
-
DWT:
16563
Yard No:
4479
Length overall:
152.9
Ship Design:
LPP:
148.7
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.8
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sparrow's Point
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-15

Subsequent History:
Disposal Data:
Wrecked Zuidwachter Is 24.06.1962 & scrapped at Singapore 16.09.1962.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
5607722
1950
STANVAC PRETORIA
10201
-
A-C Tankers Co.

Vessel Name:
STANVAC PRETORIA
Vessel ID:
500116313
Vessel Type:
Steamship
Tonnage:
10,201 gross
Engine:
Steamship
Abstract:
Visited Auckland 4 times between 17 Jun 1952 and 12 Sep 1955 (not all visits may be recorded in this database).

A small amount of information about the collision is available here:
http://portal.pohub.com/pls/pogprtl/poghistory.display_document.pdf?p_id=1235
(P&O Iberia detailed history).

( The conditions at the time were "flat-calm", not "heavy seas" as given in P&O's history. )

Some photos of the damage to the Iberia are shown at the bottom of this page:
http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/PO_Iberia_1954.html
They incorrectly state it happened off Columbia and refer to the Stanvac Pretoria as
a Freighter, whereas it actually occurred in the Indian Ocean off Columbo, Sri-Lanka.