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Pennoil - (1903-1914)
USS Gargoyle, a 4433 gross ton tanker, was built in 1903 at Greenock, Scotland, as S.S. Pennoil and operated before World War I for
a German subsidiary of the Vacuum Oil Co. She was re-registered under the American flag and renamed Gargoyle in 1914. Transferred
to the Navy in August 1917 and placed in commission at that time as USS Gargoyle (ID # 1656), she loaded a cargo of fuel oil and in
September fueled several battleships in the New York area. Taking on another cargo, Gargoyle sailed from New York in early October
for England, where she delivered her load of fuel to several ports and naval bases in the English Channel. She made another similar
voyage in January 1918, and during this trip became one of the initial group of ships assigned to the newly-created Naval Overseas
Transportation Service (NOTS). In March 1918 the tanker sailed from New York on her third transatlantic voyage, delivering her cargo
at Devonport and Plymouth, England. In May 1918, soon after her return to New York, Gargoyle was decommissioned and returned to
the Vacuum Oil Co. She was renamed Oswego in 1920, Queen Maeve in 1924, Petroil in 1931, and Zenobia Martini in 1951.
The very elderly ship was scrapped at Savona, Italy, in 1961.
The Miramar Ship Index for "PENNOIL"
1914 GARGOYLE - 1920 OSWEGO - 1924 QUEEN MAEVE -
1931 PETROIL - 1952 ZENOBIA MARTINI
Scrapped at Savona 25.01.1961.