The Burmah Endeavour
The Burmah Endeavor was an Ultra Large Crude Carrier built at the Kaohsiung Shipyard in Taiwan by the China Shipbuilding Corporation. That construction began with the traditional keel laying on November 18, 1975.
At the time of its launch on June 3, 1977, it was ranked as the world’s third largest oil tanker, Great Britain-flagged and one of two sister ships built for Gatx-Oswego. That other ship, the Burmah Enterprise launched the following year, with two other orders having been cancelled after a spike in oil prices led to recession.
The Endeavour was 1,242 feet long, 210 feet wide and its beam was just over 223 feer. The ship’s deadweight tonnage was 457, 841 tons and its gross tonnage amounted to 220,000 tons. With a service speed of 15 knots, its one propeller was boosted through the use of steam turbines.
Over the next decade, it would be put to use delivering oil across the world before a name change took place in 1988, becoming the Stena Queen. That came shortly after the ship narrowly escaped extensive damage after getting caught in the wartime conflict between Iraq and Iran.
One of a number of large ships that had been situated near the Strait of Hormuz in the southern Persian Gulf, the Endeavour had been at an Iranian offshore terminal, Larak Island, when Iraqi warplanes strafed the area. While five different ships caught fire as a result of the barrage, the Endeavour only needed slight repairs to the ship, though it did suffer casualties.
By 1990, the Stena Queen was sold to Royal Sky Shipping, which maintained the name and held onto it until 2002. At that point, the Oceanic Trans Shipping Company purchased it. After renaming it the Folk I, it was scrapped in China the following year.