Clipped From The News-Herald
Ship Took Voyage to Oblivion 'TÂ»Â» 'VlT'lh ^TÂ»Â» ^VÂ»TW^m.T By TED CRONSN and CHARLES L. WEST KEW YORK (AP)-A winter morning chin lay oa the docks at Beaumont, Tex., vfhere Mrs. Edith Martin stood watching the big converted tanker steam down the Xeches River. The date was Saturday. Feb. 2. 1963. Ahead for the SS Marine Sulphur Queen was a voyage to oblivion. Sirs. Martin had said goodby to her husband, Adam, 47, an ass?!?femt engineer on the shio. "I stood there alone," she recalled, '-watching until she passed out of sight. Fm the last one who saw the shin when she pat out." There was nothing then to hint that the Sulphur Queen and fcer 33 crewmen soon would become one of the sea's mvster- les. The ship, 15,315 tons o! molten sulphur in her cargo tanks, entered the Gulf of Mexico. Capt James V. Fanning, 44, a seaman for 30 years, set course for the Straits of Florida and a five-day trip to IV'orfolk, Va. ! ** * ** lt was the 64th trip of the ship since the 19-year-old World War H tanker was altered to handle the 265-degree fahren- __ THE SHIP THAT NEVER CAME HOME -- This is the S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen that vanished 13 months ago with its crew of 39 men. The 524-foot tanker was carrying a cargo of 15,315 tons of molten surphur when it sailed from Beaumont, Tex., on Feb. 2,1963 on a five-day trip to Va. It was last seen on Feb. 4 in the Culf flying signals indicating it was not maneuverable, but not in need of help. (AP).