National Geographic : 1969 Nov
Historic sideways. the biggest ship ever to be launched ; the Esso San Francisco, hitting the )pi at Avondale, Louisiana, last July. 6,000-ton sister ships, also ordered by Affiliate, Humble Oil & Refining Comn follow her act in the next few months. )00 deadweight tons of ships. It's a . And it's only part of Humble's cur building program in the U.S. where around the world, Jersey's are making shipbuilding news. ie beginning of this year, there were *son order in nine different countries. re million deadweight tons. An invest )ver $400 million. This,-the biggest tanker-building program in Jersey's history, is necessary to meet the world's ever-growing demand for oil. And there are some heart-warming stories to tell. For example, at Wallsend in England. Two years ago, Jersey's British affiliate, EssoPetroleum, decided to build two mammoth 253,000-ton tankers atWallsend. Then the larg est ships ever to be ordered in Europe. "It's the best news this town has had in years," said Wallsend's mayor. The Esso Petroleum order guaranteed two years' employment for 3,000 men. It put $7 million a year in wages into the town's econ omy. And now you can see the effect. More goods in the shops. More cars on the streets. More smiles in the pubs.