SS Torrey Canyon

Name:SS Torrey Canyon
Owner:Barracuda Tanker Corporation
Operator:British Petroleum
Port of registry: Liberia
Builder:Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co
Yard number:532
Laid down:1959
Launched:28 October 1958
Fate:Sank after running aground on 18 March 1967
General characteristics
Tonnage:61,263 GRT
Length:974.4 ft (297.0 m)
Beam:125.4 ft (38.2 m)
Draught:68.7 ft (20.9 m)
Propulsion:Single shaft; steam turbine
Speed:17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity:120,000 tons of crude oil

SS Torrey Canyon was an LR2 Suezmax class oil tanker with a cargo capacity of 120,000 tons of crude oil.[1] She was shipwrecked off the western coast of Cornwall, England, on 18 March 1967, causing an environmental disaster. At that time she was the largest vessel ever to be wrecked.[2]

Design and history

When laid down by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in the United States in 1959, she had a capacity of 60,000 tons. However, the ship was later enlarged in Japan to 120,000 tons capacity.

At the time of the shipwreck she was owned by Barracuda Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of the Union Oil Company of California, and registered in Liberia[3] but chartered to British Petroleum. She was 974.4 feet (297.0 m) long, 125.4 feet (38.2 m) beam and had 68.7 feet (20.9 m) of draught.[citation needed].

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