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M/T VINCENT TIBBETTS
Photo by: Robert Hurst

Built in 1944, by East Coast Shipyards Incorporated of Bayonne, New Jersey (hull #15) as the AOG-33 (Ochlockonee) for the United States Navy.

T-1 tankers were small product carriers, designed to carry gasoline. Almost all of them went to either the United States Navy, as AOGs, or to Britain, for service in a similar role. Many of those under construction at the end of the war were sold immediately.

The tanker was launched on November 19th 1944. She was delivered to the United States Navy on December 18th, 1944. Where she was allocated to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

In 1946, the vessel was decommissioned at San Pedro, California. And, struck from the Naval Register on November 7th, 1946.

In 1947, she was acquired by the Tide Water Associated Oil Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Where the vessel was renamed as the Tycol.

In 1949, the Tide Water Associated Oil Company had the tanker lengthened.

In 1958, she was acquired by the Getty Petroleum Company Incorporated of New York, New York. Where the vessel was renamed as the Newark Getty.

In 1959, the vessel was acquired by the Poling Brothers Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Poling Bros. No. 10.

In 1967, she was acquired by the Texaco Marine Company Incorporated of Beaumont, Texas. Where she was renamed as Texaco No. 10.

In 1969, the vessel was acquired by Poling Brothers Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed Poling Bros. No. 10.

In 1974, she was acquired by the John P. Alban Corporation of New York, New York. Where the vessel was renamed as the John P. Alban.

In 1974, the vessel was acquired by the Boston Fuel Transportation Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Vincent Tibbetts.

On September 5th 2002, she was reefed off New Jersey. She was powered by a single Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 diesel engine. Turning a single, fixed pitch propeller. She was a single screw tanker rated at 800 horsepower.
(NavSource Online)


  • Vessel Name: M/T VINCENT TIBBETTS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 257217
  • Vessel Service: TANK SHIP
  • IMO Number: 5281221
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted Registry
  • Call Sign: WB9970
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 15
  • Ship Builder: EAST COAST SHIPYARDS
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Length: 243.6
  • Hull Depth: 13.1
  • Hull Breadth: 37.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 2270
  • Net Tonnage: 846
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    AOG-33 (Ochlockonee), Tycol, Newark Getty, Poling Bros. No. 10, Texaco No. 10, John P. Alban, Vincent Tibbetts
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Navy, Tide Water Associated Oil Co., Getty Petroleum Co. Inc., Texaco Marine Corp., Poling Bros Transportation Co., John P. Alban Corp., Boston Fuel Transportation Co., REINAUER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES LLC