National Geographic : 1981 Sep
WERE EDOON We're Dale Silcox, bringing Alaskan oil to the"Lower 48"' Tanker Captain Dale Silcox has sailed nearly all the world's oceans. Now he's traveling a new route from the Alaskan port of Valdez to the Lower 48 states and back. Every thirty days Captain Silcox's ship, the Exxon Baton Rouge, brings more than a half million barrels of oil south, from the Alaska Pipeline, either to a refinery in California, or to the Panama Canal. At the Canal, the Alaskan oil is trans ferred to smaller tankers that can fit through the waterway. They continue on to our refineries in Louisiana and New Jersey Exxon's tanker fleet and captains like Dale Silcox are among the most important links in the distribution of Alaskan crude. That gives Captain Silcox great satisfaction. Because he's bringing American oil to the Lower 48.