S.S. Prince William Sound
Picture courtesy of The John Curdy Collection
Sun Shipbuilding's Environmental Class ("Ecology Class") of 123,000 DWT tankers built in the 1970s—the Tonsina, Kenai, and Prince William Sound —  were built by far-sighted Sun Oil more than ten years before the coming of OPA 90.

Engine room flooded  on the Prince William Sound near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico May 9, 1986.  Story in Sun R&M publication "Downstream".
Sun Ship Hull #:  667 Contract Date:  12/31/75
Keel Laid:  5/29/74 Time on Ways (M/D):  17/7
Date Delivered: 12/31/75 Time in Wet Basin (M/D):  1/27
Total Time Bldg.:  19/2 Promised Delivery Date:  
D.W.T.:  123,997 Propulsion:  stm/turbine
H.P.:  30,000 Speed:  17 knots
Sponsor:  Mrs. Robert Galloway Delivery Price:  $70.4 m
Bbls. Capacity:      
Previous Owner:   Previous Name:  
Date Purchased:   Date Sold:
Subsequent Owner:  Alaska Tanker Company Subsequent Name:  Prince William Sound
 Length Ft.: 825'  Beam Ft.: 136'
 Depth Ft.: 71'8" Class: ABS
     GWT: 60084
IMO Number: 7395349    

(Alaska Tanker Company) Prince William Sound being escorted.

Prince Willy at anchor in Port Angeles, Washington

January 29, 2001: Prince William Sound spilled 420 gallons of oil into water near Port Angeles, Washington.


Principal Characteristics
Call Sign


Hull Design Double Hull
Type Tanker
Builder Sun S.B & D.D.
Year Built


Registry United States of America
Classification American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Length Overall 264.9 meters (869.0 feet)
Beam (Molded) 41.5 meters (136.0 feet)
Depth 21.9 meters (71.7 feet)
Propulsion Unit Steam Turbine/Single Propeller
Horsepower 30,000 S.H.P.
DWT 125,926 mt
  123,936 LT
GRT 64,340
Draft (Summer Loaded) 16.7 meters (54.9 feet)
Immersion at Summer Loadline 74.7 tons/cm
  244.9 tons/inch
Official Number 570108
LRN 7395349
California COFR 10086-07-01



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