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If I remember correctly, the camera used was an Argus C3 35MM of 1950s vintage, argusc3_a.gifbelonging to Scotty the Chief Cook on the Satucket, where I went from AB to Third Mate for the first time, and then again on one of the newer ships where we sailed together again later on.
These views offer a good idea of the paint scheme used in the fifties.


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Moon Over Stack
Note white background on Stack

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Spare Propellor
Note white ladder treads

Safety did come first, and whatever paint scheme could be used that would add to a safe environment, it was employed...no matter how time consuming. As an example, the white ladder rungs, treads...not only white, but non-skid white. The color aluminum was used on the spare propellor, and steam lines.
Mobil, or "Socony Mobil", had it's own paint factory, and produced some of the best paint products available anywheres.


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Me - Third Mate

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Focsle Head

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New S. S. Socony Vacuum in Providence, R.I.

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Mr. Richard Lund - Chief Mate

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Fore Deck

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Mr. Simonsen - Second Mate, and I taking a Noon Sight

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View forward from starboard side aft

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Drawing Schematic from Pipeline Blue Prints

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Shooting the sun with my Plath Sextant

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Cautions and Warnings

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.



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