I learned a new term today . . . parcel tanker. According to Poten & Partners, it’s a “ship fitted to segregate a large number of products.Some …, called chemical carriers, can handle more than a dozen materials simultaneously.Most of these ships have tanks made of stainless steel or lined with inert, easily cleaned coatings.This equipment permits carriage of high-purity or corrosive materials, or simply the use of tanks for a succession of assorted materials without contamination problems.The trade likes to call these flexible vessels ‘drugstore ships’.”
But does anything alarm you about the foto below?
So I imagine this vessel offloading in Port Newark: orange juice in silo 37, walnut oil in 66, sulfuric acid in 07, yes–bowsprite–chianti in 22, oil of olay in 65, cheap whisky in 99, foodcolor red 8 in 08, and somewhere goes the cod liver oil, molasses, and honey. And then a fleet of trucks arrives to haul the goods to a collection of factories, groceries, liquor stores, and pharmacies somewhere north or south of I-80.
But I hope no tempests come up before Helluland gets to port. So is this vessel unusually low in the water? And where is this parcel tanker’s namesake? Answer below.