As the photos show, Socony Mobil tankers were pretty clean, and squared away. Life aboard, in port, and at sea, was quiet, and uncomplicated. The food was good, as were the living conditions. Rarely was there any personnel problems, Socony having zero tolerance for nonsense. We had our own Tankermens' Association, and stayed one step ahead of other association, or union conditions...in fact, setting standards for others to follow. Sadly however, Mobil was to abandone the U. S. Merchant Mariner as did other companies, placing most of their ships under foreign flag in the late fifties....Such is life.