Hawaiian Patriot

It is almost 46 years ago to the day since the US owned tanker Hawaiian Patriot sprung a leak, caught fire and sunk in the Pacific:

Today some photos taken by Kjell Vidar Fredriksen appeared on a Norwegian FB forum: Norwegian ships 1850-2023
The pictures were taken from the Norwegian combined Car/Bulk Carrier Milena:
The 2 first picture was taken at a distance of 11 n.miles:

The last 3 picture are when it is sinking:

PS> The Hawaiian Patriot was originally built in 1965 as the M/T Borgila for Fred Olsen:


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Why didn’t you mention her flag?

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What’s with the weird house?

Which was…?

Liberia at the time of her sinking

Does that matter for some reason? I guess I’m not following.

Did it matter she was US owned?

Bug made a point to mention she was American owned, didn’t mention she was Liberian flagged. Just wondered why he mentioned one but not the other?

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In the original FB post she was just called “an American Ship”.
Since >90% of US owned ships in international trade are NOT flying US flags I didn’t think it necessary to specify flag.

Would the flag make any difference to the fact that she got into rough weather, developed cracks in the hull, caught fire and sunk?

Since this became an issue I checked at different sources and yes, she was owned by a company in NY, registered in Monrovia, Liberia, as mentioned in the attached sjohistorie.no:

She was chartered by a company in Stamford CT and was on her way from Seria, Brunei to Hawaii with a cargo of light crude oil. (wrongly reported to be from Indonesia - HI)

PS> I noticed that; “The US Coast Guard said the hole in the vessel may have been caused by the loss of an entire hull plate.”:

Hardly likely that could happen to any full welded ship built in Japan in 1965. (12 years old at time of sinking). A riveted ship MAYBE.

Looks much like an ATB on steroids, doesn’t it??

The idea was to reduce windage and at the same time meet the requirement for view ahead from the bridge.

Fred Olsen Jr. was a man of daring, vision and ideas. Some of his ideas revolutionized shipping and the offshore oil industry:

Some of his ideas may have been a wrong track, or ahead of it’s time. This was one of them:

Or was it? Today the ideas are relevant, both to reduce fuel consumption and maximize container load on deck.

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