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Photographer:Kees Heemskerk [View profile]Title:HOPE VICTORYAdded:Nov 05, 2020
Captured:April 21, 1990IMO:5154416Hits:849
Location:Singapore, Singapore
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1940-1949 (Over 3000gt)
Does anyone know something about this situation?

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Vessel Identification
Name:Hope Victory
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:7,607 tons
Summer DWT:10,852 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1945
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (10)

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Kees Heemskerk on Nov 06, 2020 14:56 (17 days ago)
Thanks guys for all the comments and special to detective Simon Olsen.
Rgds, Kees.
REG on Nov 06, 2020 14:03 (17 days ago)
I sailed on two Victory Ships so this is a really sad sight to see. This Victory Ship clearly has been stripped out. All of the cargo booms and their associated rigging have been removed from the masts, along with the shrouds (standing rigging). In addition, there is no radar antenna on top of the radar mast.
pieter melissen on Nov 06, 2020 07:50 (17 days ago)
Still curious to know whether the US allowed a Soviet tug to do the tow. Perhaps she picked up the HV somewhere out of sight from California.
davidships on Nov 05, 2020 21:36 (18 days ago)
That's good, Simon.
HOPE VICTORY was in the Suisan Bay Reserve Fleet, California, and scrapped at Alang, so Singapore on direct route.
Simon Olsen on Nov 05, 2020 19:19 (18 days ago)
HOPE VICTORY (IMO 5154416) with BERKUT in that position was off Singapore on 21 April 1990. They were anchored beyond the Changi anchorage so that only the Victory's funnel top was visible from the Eastern anchorage. A group of Dutch photographers was also there that day.
pieter melissen on Nov 05, 2020 18:56 (18 days ago)
For the courtesy flag I would suggest Singapore,it looks like there are some marks in the red zone.
Manfred on Nov 05, 2020 18:47 (18 days ago)
Looks like she is in Singapore for bunkering or another stopover, two anchors down and towing gear still fastened. Might be on the way to Taiwan breakers.
The tug`s courtesy flag looks like Singapore (more likely) or Indonesia.
pieter melissen on Nov 05, 2020 18:44 (18 days ago)
So what we need to know is which Victory ship was towed around 1991 from the US west coast for demolition in Asia. Could it be that the original tug (American?) had the order to make the tow to Singapore, from where another tug (this one?) would take the ship to her final destination?
davidships on Nov 05, 2020 18:04 (18 days ago)
Lost the hammer & sickle c12/1991 when she transferred to Ukraine flag with Black Sea Shipping Co.

The ship is a stripped Victory ship, presuably heading for demolition. But I am not sure that USSR flag tug would have been permitted to tow from US Reserve Fleet.
pieter melissen on Nov 05, 2020 16:42 (18 days ago)
The tug;s name is BERKUT, IMO 8201387. She carried this name from 1987 to 2000. That nails down the time frame, but it is still large.
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