|S.S. Western Sun|
|S.S. Western Sun on 7/31/71: From the Collection of Dave Boone|
|August 11, 1986
The Misguided Missile
The Atlantic waters off the coast of Virginia would seem a safe enough sea- lane for an American tanker. But for a moment last week the crew of the 30,000-ton Western Sun must have wondered if they were in the Persian Gulf. Seemingly out of nowhere, an AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile blew a 2 1/2- ft. hole in the ship's superstructure. Fortunately, the errant missile was not armed with its customary exploding warhead and missed the ship's cargo of 26,000 bbl. of oil. The 9-ft. projectile was apparently launched during training maneuvers by an F-14 fighter from the Naval Air Station at Oceana, Va.
|Broken up: Alang on 10/21/1990|
|Western Sun and Tropic Sun behind her at Sun, Marcus Hook.|
|Western Sun in Shipyard|
US-flag tanker MOBILE BAY while in Port of New Orelans in April 1989. Built in 1954 as WESTERN SUN for Western Sun Shipping (Sun Oil), she was acquired in 1987 by Belcher Towing Co of Miami who renamed her MOBILE BAY.
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