Disappointment Island is an uninhabited island in New Zealand. In 1868, a steel tanker crashed on the island which killed 68 people, leaving the 15 survivors waiting 18 months to be rescued. In 1907, another ship ended up crashing there and 12 men drowned. blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2018/…
In 1966 a US Air Force B-52 bomber and a USAF tanker collided in midair, and the 4 nuclear bombs the B-52 carried fell into Southeast Spain. One of the bombs detonated, scattering plutonium all over the countryside. businessinsider.com/us-ai…
On Dec 20, 1987, Philippines, an estimated 4,386 people died, many of whom burnt alive in an event known as Asia's Titanic and the world's worst peacetime maritime disaster. The ship DoΓ±a Paz, w/ a capacity of 1,518 passengers sank after colliding with an oil tanker. Only 25 people survived en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Germans sunk an oil tanker at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1942 during WWII sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Russia was forced to release ten pirates who had taken over an oil tanker, due to having insufficient legal grounds to detain them. They released them in an inflatable boat without any navigation equipment. Radio contact was lost within an hour. It’s believed that they all perished. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/86759…
SS Petriana (an oil tanker) was wrecked 200 meters (660 ft) off the Australian coast, but its crew were not allowed to land in Australia and forced to stay on a crowded tugboat for several days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
In Pakistan in 2017, a tanker truck overturned and spilled 40,000 litres of petrol onto a highway. Hundreds of people gathered to collect it. They ignored attempts by police to clear the area. 10 minutes later, the truck exploded, killing 219 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned of the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, one of the biggest known flying animals of all time. It stood about as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan as wide as the length of a gas tanker truck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about the "hijacking" of the oil tanker, Brillante Virtuoso in the Gulf of Aden in 2011. There pirate attack left the ship heavily damaged and it was scrapped. The owner attempted a $100 mil insurance claim, one of the primary inspectors was killed in a car bomb, others were harassed. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
In spring of 1942 German U-boats terrorized east coast of US sinking fuel tankers and cargo ships with impunity and often within sight of shore and in less than 7 months destroyed 22 percent of the tanker fleet and sank 233 ships killing 5,000 ...more than 2X number who perished at Pearl Harbor. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Today I learned of the 761st Tank battalion. Made up of almost completely African-American tankers, it was considered one of the best tank units of the war and held 1 Medal of Honor winner, 11 Silver Stars and 300 Purple Hearts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/761…
The former Exxon Valdez tanker got out of the oil business in 2008, and served as an ore carrier until being sold for scrap in 2011 response.restoration.noaa…
On trucks & tankers with "UN" hazard plates: the first number tells you how to extinguish what's inside if it goes on fire; the next letter tells you how to clean it up; and the numbers afterward tell you what's inside. resourcecenter.ovid.com/s…
Suez and Panama canal transit fees for big ships like oil tankers cost from 450 to 800 thousand dollars, depending on their size and weight. oilprice.com/Energy/Energ…
Gas stations only get delivered two types of gas, regular 87 and premium 91-93. The midgrades are a blend of the two. BONUS fuel delivery TIL - If a loading head says empty on a tanker, it might not be, its just full of the same type of gas and the operator didn't bother to change the tag. youtu.be/F0hCl1wP-vQ?t=98
, the largest ever man-made moveable object was a super tanker that was 5 football fields long. largestshipintheworld.com…
An oil tanker ships may require up to five nautical miles to stop (with gears in full reverse) usps.org/ventura/art-03-3…
, German Uboats during WWII were so daring that they incredibly close to the Florida shoreline causing throngs of Floridians to crowd beach-bound highways hoping to watch the spectacle of a uboat trying to down an American oil tanker wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinha…
They train the crews of giant container ships and oil tankers using ride-on models in a big pond. youtube.com/watch?v=12pst…
Disappointment Island is an uninhabited island in an archipelago of New Zealand. It’s name stems from in 1868, when a steel tanker crashed on the island, killing 68 people and leaving survivors stranded for 18 months, and in 1907, when another ship ended up crashing there and 12 men drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
There is is a group of militant French wine producers, called ComitΓ© RΓ©gional d'Action Viticole. It has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks, including dynamiting grocery stores, a winery, hijacking a tanker, and destroying large quantities of non-French wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
That the Mark 14 torpedo used by the US Navy during WWII had so many problems that during one incident in 1943, the submarine USS Tinosa fired 15 torpedos at a Japanese tanker of which only 2 detonated, the rest either veered off course or hit the target but failed to detonate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
A USAF tanker used its fuel boom to tow an F-4 Phantom to safety after the fighter lost engine power flying over the Atlantic foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com…
During the WWII invasion of Normandy, a new Canadian tank gunner destroyed 3 tiger tanks with his first 5 shots in combat, including a famous German tank commander with over 130 kills. The Canadian tanker's only prior experience was firing a half dozen tank rounds during training. warfarehistorynetwork.com…
The solvents used to clean up the Oil spill from the wrecked tanker Torrey Canyon are thought to have damaged the environment even more badly than the oil spill itself. theguardian.com/environme…
A Japanese Oil Tanker captain fell into a cactus at a Santa Barbra Oil Field, provoking laughter from the local workers. 5 years later he returned in an Imperial Japanese Navy sub and made the first mainland shelling of the US at that oil field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
Specialized tanker ships carry tonnes of fruit juice from Brazil to markets around the world. marineinsight.com/types-o…
Shipping is the most important industry in Greece. Greek shipping companies control the world's largest merchant fleet of over 5000 ships including, among others, 1/3 of world's tankers and 1/4 of all bulk carriers by tonnage. Greek flag is the first-most-used internationally for shipping. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Than New York City routinely transports tanker ships full of sewage among the city's treatment plants professionalmariner.com/M…
Today I learned about the Sansinena Explosion. A Liberian oil tanker in Los Angeles harbor exploded suddenly, killing 9 and injuring 46 people. It shattered windows for miles around. Some people even thought it was an earthquake at first. The cause for the trigger to the explosion was never discovered. presstelegram.com/2016/12…
At normal speed, it takes a fully loaded supertanker/oil tanker approximately 20 minutes to stop, they cut their engines 15 miles away from the dock wisegeek.com/how-long-doe…
Today I learned of the DoΓ±a Paz collision, the worst peacetime maritime disaster in history. The ship collided with an oil tanker and caught fire, with 4,386 fatalities. It was said that crew made no attempt to organize the passengers, and that the life jacket lockers had been locked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
During 1942 and 1943, more than 20 German U-boats operated in the Gulf of Mexico. They attacked tankers transporting oil from ports in Texas and Louisiana, successfully sinking 56 vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The Placards you see on the back of tanker trucks refer to different chemicals being transported inside them. UN1203 refers to gasoline, and UN1005 refers to ammonia. These are found on the back of trucks clearly visible to anyone passing one of these trucks or just driving behind it. environmentalchemistry.co…
The 1983 recipient for the Mackay Trophy went to the crew of a KC-135 that β€œtowed” a malfunctioning F-4 Phantom 160 miles. The tanker had to refuel said Phantom that had to fly at 45 degrees nose up for 160 miles until they could reach Gander, Newfoundland. tacairnet.com/2014/10/21/…
A German U-boat torpedoed and sank an oil tanker 5 miles off the coast of Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 1942 killing 19 Americans. In 1990, the German commander of the U-boat returned to Jacksonville and was received as an honored guest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
There is a city in the Caspian sea built ontop of sunken oil tankers. citylab.com/design/2014/0…
Comedian and Actor Sinbad was a KC-135 airborne refueling tanker boom operator in the USAF and was booted out early... coming close to ending up with a Dishonorable Discharge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
There are tanker ships specifically made to transport orange juice maritimeprofessional.com/…
A Japanese Oil Tanker captain fell into a cactus at a Santa Barbra Oil Field, provoking laughter from the local workers. 5 years later he returned in an Imperial Japanese Navy sub and made the first mainland shelling of the US at that oil field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
In 1966, a US bomber and tanker collided, resulting in the death of seven and the dropping of four hydrogen bombs over Spain. Two of the bombs' conventional explosives detonated without a nuclear explosion, one landed intact, and one was fished out of the Mediterranean 2 1/2 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
France has militant wine producers who have attacked grocery stores, a winery, the agriculture ministry offices in two cities hijacked a tanker, and destroyed large quantities of non-French wine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Despite being called the "Titanic of Asia", the collision of MV DoΓ±a Paz and an oil tanker had more casualties than the Titanic itself, making it the deadliest peaceful maritime disaster in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
One gas tanker can fill up about 800 cars assuming average tank size of 12.5 gallons given a tanker holds an average of ~10,000 gallons of fuel weighing about 80,000 lbs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned of Mariya Oktyabrskaya, who's husband died in WW2 so she sold all of her belongings and built a tank "The Angry Girlfriend" for revenge. She became the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Baby salmon were evacuated from a hatchery by tanker trucks in anticipation of the collapse of the Oroville Dam. fox40.com/2017/02/09/hatc…
During the filming of 'The Spy Who Loved Me', production designer Ken Adam called up his old boss Stanley Kubrick for advice on how to light the inside of an enormous tanker ship, the villain's secret lair. Kubrick snuck in on a Sunday morning for four hours to set the lighting up himself. youtube.com/watch?v=MFI-U…
Today I learned of the second-deadliest ground aviation disaster in the US. in 1965, a loaded KC-135 Tanker crashed in a Wichita, KS neighborhood, killing 23 on the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Bernard Challen Webber, a United States Coast Guardsman and his crew of three, rescued 32 of 33 crewmen of the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton which broke in half off of Cape Cod during a horrific storm on February 18, 1952 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned of the SS Ohio, a tanker in the WW2 Operation Pedestal convoy, which took such extensive damage that it was abandoned three times en route. The supplies saved the mediterranean island nation of Malta from starvation, and allowed them to join the war effort- disrupting Africa Corps supply lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Meth was widely used in the German army during WW2, known as "tanker's chocolade" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
:The CIA sank an British oil tanker operated by Shell by bombing it with an airplane to support some rebels in Indonesia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
There are "Fruit Juice Tanker" ships dedicated to transporting orange juice, similar to how oil tankers transport oil. maritimeprofessional.com/…
The Harrier Jump Jet must take off with partially-empty fuel tanks, and almost always refuels immediately after becoming airborne. Refueling tankers are always nearby when a Harrier takes off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
On April 7, 1966, the US government recovered a hydrogen bomb off the coast of Spain that had been lost on January 17, 1966 in a plane accident where a B-52 bomber crashed into a KC-135 jet tanker. The Pentagon admits to at least 12 incidents like this one. history.com/this-day-in-h…
One of the fastest planes ever built SR-71 Blackbird will constantly leak fuel while not in flight due to the contraction of the titanium skin while not in flight. The SR-71 has enough fuel to take off and then gets filled up in the air by an air tanker. tech.military.com/equipme…
1967 a bilevel train struck a fuel tanker, which exploded as a result of the collision. 94 people died including 44 schoolchildren. Among the listed victims was teacher Werner Moritz, who saved the lives of twelve pupils, but was severely burned doing so, and died later in hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Following winning the 1943 NFL Championship, Bears Quarterback Sid Luckman participated in the Normandy Invasion on a Tanker ship transporting troops up to the beaches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
Today I learned of Project Bat Bomb, a WWII US army test that aimed to drop live bats carrying firebombs over Osaka bay. It was abandoned after the first test led to bats roosting under a fuel tanker, causing a US army base to burn to the ground. The atom bomb was deemed safer and easier to build. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Despite spending $66.7 billion on F-22 Raptor program 6 of them crossed the International Date Line on their first deployment and all of their computer systems (navigation, communication and even fuel control) permanently crashed. A tanker aircraft guided them back to the base safely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Today I learned of the 60's Salad Oil Scandal: a exporter said he was shipping tankers full of salad oil, but inspectors only sampled the oil on top. In fact, beneath the top layer, it was water. Upon being discovered, it caused a notable market disruption in the mid-60's, almost claiming American Express. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
A single chain being drug behind a tanker truck is called a "drag chain" which is used to disperse static electricity. Without it, it can build up to the point of potentially igniting the tanker and killing the driver when he steps out. merriam-webster.com/dicti…
"Benson rafts", consisting of 19,000 cubic metres of logs tied together by 200 tons of chain, were used to transport lumber in the open ocean from the Washington-Oregon border to San Diego in the early 1900s. Some were 1000 ft (300 m) in length - longer than a Suezmax oil tanker! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Super tankers and other large cargo ships have the ship built around the engine, which can be as large as 89ft long, 44ft wide, and can weight over 2,000 tons. vincelewis.net/bigengine.…
There is a group of French wine guerillas that "has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks including dynamiting grocery stores, a winery, the agriculture ministry offices in two cities, burning a car at another, hijacking a tanker, and destroying large quantities of non-French wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Exxon Valdez oil tanker remained in service after the fateful 1989 oil spill...until March 20th, 2012. aukevisser.nl/exxon/id83.…
Mariya Oktyabrskaya on learning that her husband was killed fighting in WW2 sold all of her possessions to donate a tank for the Red Army the only requirement being that she would be allowed to drive it . She ended up becoming the 1st female tanker to be awarded the Hero Of The Soviet Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The deadliest peacetime marine disaster in history took place when a ferry collided with a tanker. Only 24 of the more than 4000 passengers survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
In 1998, two tanker trains, one of which was transporting fuel oil, collided and derailed in Cameroon. As locals started to scavenge the fuel in an assortment of containers, a smoker among them threw down a lit cigarette. At least 200 people were killed in the resulting flash-fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao…
Two of the world's largest "flying boats" that were built in WWII still exist and now fight forest fires. Each tanker carries 16,000 lbs (7,200 gallons) of water. martinmars.com/
Stalin convinced Spain during the Spanish Civil War to move a bunch of Spanish Gold to Moscow to help "protect" it. The oil company Texaco used their tankers to transport the gold. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
During WW2 the tanker San Demetrio was damaged by a German Cruiser. The crew abandoned ship, thinking she was lost. After two days, the crew sighted what they thought was a rescue ship. The vessel turned out to be the San Demetrio, which the crew was able to re-board and bring safely to port. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Pakistani ship breakers spend up to 16 hours a day, 6-7 days a week in dangerous and environmentally unsound conditions scrapping large ships such as tankers while averaging a U.S. equivalent of $60-$85 a month. youtube.com/watch?v=WOmtF…
Tanker trucks will almost always contain multiple compartments or baffles to prevent load movement destabilizing the vehicle. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
After the battleship HMS Ramillies was severely damaged by a torpedo during a 1942 attack by a Japanese submarine, a nearby tanker, MV British Loyalty, got underway and backed in front of her, taking a second torpedo fired by the sub and likely saving the Ramillies and her crew of 936 men. naval-history.net/xGM-Chr…
Oil tankers are used to hold oil offshore for months/years until prices are high enough to cash in big! thinkprogress.org/economy…
Today I learned of the Palomares incident, where a B-52 collided with its tanker plane while refueling midair. During the resulting explosion, 4 hydrogen bombs were dropped, two exploded conventionally on impact while the fourth was witnessed falling into the sea by a local who claimed salvage rights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
An oil tanker was sunk of the coast of Central California by a Japanese sub only a couple of weeks after Pearl Harbor cambriahistoricalsociety.…
A typical semi trailer oil tanker is only 5 millimeters (0.195 inches) thick. ehow.com/facts_8052576_ty…
The SS Selma built in 1919 was an oil tanker constructed with concrete due to steel shortages during World War 1. After less than one year in service it was damaged beyond repair. It now rests near Galveston Island, Texas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
BP Across the 100 years, has constructed more than 500 oil and gas tankers – an average launch rate of one new ship every 10 weeks of the century – as well as a myriad of small vessels to support BP’s international operations bp.com/en/global/corporat…
The MV DoΓ±a Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the oil tanker MT Vector on December 20, 1987. With an estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 24 survivors, it was the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Today I learned of the tens of millions of gallons of oil that enter North American oceans each year due to human activities, only 8 percent comes from tanker or oil pipeline spills news.nationalgeographic.c…
There used be an oil tanker longer than the Empire State Building was high and large enough that it was incapable of passage through the English Channel. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The Ancient Romans built a fleet of wine tanker ("Dolia") ships. The largest ships carried nearly 50,000 bottles of wine at a time in massive ceramic containers. vinepair.com/wine-blog/10…
Elvis was a tanker, with an MOS of 133.60 ("armor intelligence specialist"). He was promoted to sergeant (E5) on a tank gunnery range at Grafenwoehr (Germany). elvis.com.au/presley/elvi…
On this day, 26 April in 1956, an aging tanker ship called the Ideal-X set sail from Newark to Houston carrying 58 aluminum containers. The container industry is born. Father: Malcom McLean nytimes.com/2006/05/13/bu…
In 1942. German U-boats wrecked havoc on tanker and merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico. Press coverage was severely suppressed by the Information Office and Franklin Roosevelt. To prevent mass hysteria among the American people. m.groesbeckjournal.com/no…
While the Beijing headquarters building of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation is meant to evoke the prow of an oil tanker, locals thought it looked like a giant toilet bowl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNO…
In 1987 the Filipino ferry "MV Dona Paz" collided with an oil tanker and sank with a loss of more then 4000 people. The worst peacetime maritime disaster in history. youtube.com/watch?v=os5yW…
The US Navy had a concrete oil tanker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
PepsiCo once accepted 10 freighters and tankers from the U.S.S.R. as payment for syrup. nytimes.com/1990/04/09/bu…
, in 1966, a B-52 bomber collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling at 31,000 feet. 3 of its 4 H-bombs were dropped on the fishing village of Palomares, Spain. The 4th was found 2 1/2 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
The top western tank ace during WWII, the "Ace of Aces" was Canadian tanker Sydney Valpy Radley-Walters who had 18 tank kills and is credited by some as having knocked out German tank ace Michael Whitman aka "The Black Baron" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd…
Boeing makes a 747 firefighting super tanker - YouTube youtube.com/watch?v=KvBRW…
Chevron named an oil tanker after Condoleezza Rice. sfgate.com/politics/artic…

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