MV S.E. Graham

MV S.E. Graham was an oil tanker that was built in 1943 and operated by the Graham Company until her loss in 1958.[1] She was 250 feet (76 m) in length[1] and measured 1,591 gross tons.[2]

On the morning of August 7, 1958, S.E. Graham was inbound to Providence, Rhode Island at the mouth of the Narragansett Bay near Rose Island with a load of 650,000 US gallons (2,500,000 l) of gasoline when she collided in heavy fog with SS Gulfoil, which was outbound in ballast when she rammed S.E. Graham on her port bow.[1][3][2] The collision triggered a fire that engulfed both ships until they drifted apart and grounded separately.[2] S.E. Graham burned for most of the day, and was declared a total loss,[2] while Gulfoil was salvaged and eventually rebuilt for service on the Great Lakes.[4]

Eighteen sailors on board Gulfoil were killed in the collisionseventeen bodies were recovered, while one was listed as missingwhile all of S.E. Graham's crew survived.[4] Survivors were retrieved by the Coast Guard cutter Laurel and various Coast Guard and Navy small craft.[2]


  1. "15 DIE AS TANKERS COLLIDE IN FOG" (PDF). The New York Times. August 8, 1958. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  2. "Commandant's Action on Marine Board of Investigation; collison of the bulk vessels Gulfoil and S.E. Graham, off Bull Point East Passage, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, 7 August 1958, with loss of life" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. March 20, 1959. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. Quinn, William (1979). Shipwrecks Around New England. Orleans, MA: The Lower Cape Publishing Company. pp. 168, 169. ISBN 0-936972-05-X.
  4. Mayo, William and Barthel, Kate (2007). The Mysterious North Shore: A Collection of Short Stories About Ghosts, UFOs, Shipwrecks and More.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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