SHIPPING: Biggest U.S. Tanker

In a pouring rain one day last week, S.S. Cities Service Baltimore slid down the ways at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard near Baltimore. It is the largest tanker (32,000 deadweight tons) and cargo ship to fly the U.S. flag, with a top speed of 16½ knots and a cargo capacity of 11,473,350 gals., and is so designed that it can carry 18 kinds of oil at once.* Cities Service Baltimore is also the first ship launched under the Maritime Administration's "trade-in-and-build" plan, designed to retire tankers more than ten years old and replace them with ships fast enough...

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