SS Ideal X
Plan of the SS Ideal X
|Name:||Ideal X, ex-Potrero Hills, ex-Capt. John D.P., ex-Elemir|
|Owner:||Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company|
|Port of registry:||United States|
|Builder:||Rebuilt as container ship at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, MD.|
|Launched:||30 December, 1944|
|Out of service:||Sold for scrapping, 1965.|
|Identification:||Official number: 247155|
|Fate:||Scrapped in Japan, 1967.|
|Notes:||Former T2 tanker. Originally built by Marinship Corp. in Sausalito, California as yard number 158 in 1945.|
|Class and type:||T2-SE-A1|
|Length:||524 ft (160 m)|
|Beam:||30 ft (9.1 m)|
|Height:||68 ft (21 m)|
|Propulsion:||Elliot Company steam turbine, electric propulsion.|
The Ideal X was originally constructed as a T2 tanker, similar to the Hat Creek shown here in August 1943.
Built by The Marinship Corporation during World War II as Potrero Hills, she was later purchased by Malcom McLean's Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company. In 1955, the ship was modified to carry shipping containers and rechristened Ideal X. During her first voyage in her new configuration, on April 26, 1956 the Ideal X carried 58 containers from Port Newark, New Jersey, to Port of Houston, Texas, where 58 trucks were waiting to be loaded with the containers. It was not the first container ship, however. The Clifford J. Rodgers, operated by the White Pass and Yukon Route, made its debut in 1955.
In 1959, the vessel was acquired by Bulgarian owners, who rechristened her Elemir. The Elemir suffered extensive damage during heavy weather on February 8, 1964, and was sold in turn to Japanese breakers. She was finally scrapped on October 20, 1964, in Hirao, Japan.
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