Off Massachusetts, two T-2 Tankers broke up and sank in the same storm on Feb 18, 1952, the SS FORT MERCER and SS PENDLETON. The stern of the FORT MERCER survived, was re-bowed, (is there such a word?) and renamed SAN JACINTO, which broke in two again in 1964. Rebuilt again as PASADENA, she managed to get the scrapyard in one piece in 1983.
There was a book and movie about the rescue on PENDLETON (The Finest Hours).
: I recall reading an utterly fascinating story
: about one of the T2 tankers, IIRC. It
: spontaneously broke apart due to welding
: flaws, with its stern actually passing its
: bow. There were quite a number of such
: structural failures during WWII, mostly due
: to poor welding control/understanding. But I
: have never seen a list. And although these
: structural failures also occurred in many
: different types of warships, I don't know if
: any were fatal. I read that war-produced US
: DDs had some of these problems, but I know
: of no US DD that was lost because of them. I
: do not even know what the nature of the
: problem was. The history is very unclear to
: me, so I await the advice of my
: betters--which are minion.
: George/who forgets a whole lot now.