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Comment: There is a claim that an oil tanker was once called the
"Condoleeza Rice." Opponents of the Iraq war suggest this is a
not-so-subtle link between big government and its relationship with oil
companies.

Several obviously doctored photos have shown up on the Internet, but there
is one example that appears to be authentic (the photo contains an ABC
logo at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen).

What is the origin of the "Condeleeza Rice"? Was there ever an oil tanker
so named?

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Major D. Saster
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Hello,

I find her here on a list (without picture):

http://www.usmm.org/socalships.html

And here's an article from the San Francisco Chronicle (also without pic alas)- apparently, Chevron renamed the tanker "Altair Voyager":

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/05/05/MN223743.DTL

Unfortunately, all available pics are awfully photoshopped, the only one looking genuine at first sight - the one you mention with the ABC logo - including a revealing typo ("Condoleezza" with two Z's):

http://glennz.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/tanker.jpg

So, the story must be true, but photografic evidence seems to be hard to find.

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Condoleeza Rice used to be a Chevron Corp. Director

In 1993 Chevron named a 129,915 tonnage oil tanker after her (scroll down).

In 2001, this was publicly criticised.
quote:
A Chevron spokeswoman said yesterday that the oil giant has no intention of renaming the Condoleezza Rice and noted that board member Carla Hills also had a Chevron tanker named in her honor before she was appointed former President George Bush's trade secretary -- and the vessel has kept the name.

"It's part of a long-standing practice of naming (tankers) after members of the board of directors," a company spokeswoman said, citing other big ships named George Shultz, David Packard and Kenneth T. Derr.

Later that year, the tanker was renamed the "Altair Voyager".


ETA: Spanked! And with the same links, too! I need to be faster with Google.

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The name change was prior to 5/29/2001, as the annual inspection done that year was completed on the Altair Voyager.

The vessel is owned by the Calpetro Tankers LTD company, and operated by Chevron. She is flagged in the Bahamas, is 849.4 feet long and displaces 139591 tons (increase in weight when she was refitted to be a double hull tanker in 1999). Her keel was laid on May, 29th, 1992, and she was delivered on August 27th 1993.

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quote:
Chevron renamed the tanker "Altair Voyager"
Isn't it bad luck to rename a ship?

At any rate, I would think that her former position at Chevron would be far more indicitive of a government/big oil connection than a photo of a boat with her name on it.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: There is a claim that an oil tanker was once called the
"Condoleeza Rice."

quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
Hello,

I find her here on a list (without picture):

http://www.usmm.org/socalships.html

And here's an article from the San Francisco Chronicle (also without pic alas)- apparently, Chevron renamed the tanker "Altair Voyager":

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/05/05/MN223743.DTL

Unfortunately, all available pics are awfully photoshopped, the only one looking genuine at first sight - the one you mention with the ABC logo - including a revealing typo ("Condoleezza" with two Z's):

http://glennz.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/tanker.jpg

So, the story must be true, but photografic evidence seems to be hard to find.

The spelling of Dr. Rice's fist name is given in the original question (and afterwards) incorrectly. Here is my reply:

The "Condoleezza Rice" - note the correct spelling which has two double letters EE and ZZ (previously said to be "incorrect") - is indeed a ship. The ship is registered in the Bahamas, and has radio call sign of C6OK. "Condoleezza Rice" ShipTrack Postion

The photos mentioned are found on the web - but they ALL have the correct spelling, but are quite grainy but in my opinion they appear to be legitimate pictures of the vessel.

Best Wishes to all,

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Since the call sign of the Altair voyager is also C60K, its the same ship.
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Yes the same ship. Some places it is still listed as the Condoleezza Rice, while other places it is listed as the Altair. Right now the ship is North East of NE Australia. It seems to have a regular run over there as shown on www.sailwx.info

Wishing you following seas,

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Ooops - my bad about the bouble "Z". The first list http://www.usmm.org/socalships.html had it wrong, too. So I guess the photo is genuine after all.

Is it usual for a company to name a ship after one of their executives ?

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quote:
Isn't it bad luck to rename a ship?
Only if you name it "Unsinkable II".

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Chevron is the only USA company that I've seen name their ships after living executives. You will notice that the list mentions Carla A. Hills also, she was a Chevron director, then appointed to the cabinet by President Ford and later President George H.W. Bush.

Many USA companies name ships after deceased board members, or company founders, but more commonly they name ships after a geographic feature with the company name added to that. Chevron Alaska sounds nice!

Best Wishes,

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The Edmund Fitzgerald was named after a living executive: the CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life, whose father and five great uncles were all ship captains (and who was best man at my grandparents' wedding [Smile] ).

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For years, the U.S. Navy only named ships after dead people. Now ships get named after people who will show up at the launching.

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Well I would love to turn up at a launching. Is there any way to apply? The USN Gopher has a certaing ring to it I feel.
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If you're in Northumbria, you might find it a bit far to travel to an American ship launching. If you want to go to Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine this summer, the next Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyer, Sterett (DDG 104), will probably be launched on July 15th.

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The OP gives another meaning to the french term "Marée Noire" (black tide = oil spill, something we in Britanny know about far too well. May the entire board of Amoco be reincarnated as seabirds caught in an oil spill).

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BTW:


Tank Girl:

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Tanker Girl:

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quote:
Originally posted by Senior:
For years, the U.S. Navy only named ships after dead people. Now ships get named after people who will show up at the launching.

IIRC the USS Ronald Reagan was named before the man's death, breaking tradition.

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USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) was launched (officially named) on August 27, 1983. Admiral Rickover died on July 8, 1986.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) was launched on September 16, 1989. Admiral Burke died January 2, 1996.

USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) was launched May 13, 2004. Carter is still alive.

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I wouldn't know if this relates, but it's worth noting that the ill-fated German airship A/S Hindenburg (LZ-129) was almost named the A/S Adolf Hitler.

But, for some reason, common sense prevailed over @ the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, the fear being that naming an airship for Schicklgruber would be in poor taste and would not win over much prestige for the Zeppelin company, let alone the Nazi regime, internationally--especially so on its North Atlantic services to the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, where we all know what happened on 6 May 1937.

Yet nonetheless, as Michael Macdonald Mooney noted in his treatise The Hindenburg (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1972), Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels was not amused.

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quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
BTW:


Tank Girl:

Tanker Girl:

[lol] Very good.

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