|M.S. Western Sun|
|Both pictures above are the M.S. Western Sun on 6/6/34: From the Collection of Dave Boone|
|This photo is from the Hagley Museum and Library’s Sun Ship Collection ca: 1930 . #74.319.0031.|
|Disposal Data: Broken up Hamburg on 07/26/1959|
|David Kavanagh (http://www.sunship.org/)
provided some research about the Western sun:
"One of the more interesting items that I ‘uncovered’ during my “Western Sun” research was a book by Arne Larsson titled “Ships and Friendships”. I transcribed the following few paragraphs that are pertinent to the “Western Sun”. While they are not verbatim and are not meant to stand-alone without reading the book, I thought they were interesting tidbits of information and helped tell the “Western Sun” story. Note: Thanks to ‘Google Books’ for their digitizing efforts that made this possible.
While negotiations rumbled on, the Korean War broke out and within a matter of days, ship prices went sky-high. Suddenly, the “Western Sun” was worth $2,500,000, yet we had on the table, an agreed purchase price of $585,000. Now Sun Oil, realizing that they were about to give away a couple of million dollars, did what they could to prevent the deal so they could sell the “Western Sun” at a more favorable price. The deal finally went thru and the “Western Sun” became the “John T Essenberger” and became the foundation of the fleet.”
|This photo of the “John Augustus
Essberger” is from the Helder Line website
Our thanks to them also.
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