JUPITER (2), US.571820, Twin Screw Lake and Canal Tank Ship built in 1976 by S.B.A. Shipyards, Inc., Jennings, LA as Hull #227. Christened December 9, 1975 as a) JUPITER (2) for Cleveland Tankers, Inc., Cleveland, OH. 392'loa, 382'5"lbp x 60'x 25'; 4263 GRT, 3764 NRT, 8199 dwt, 54,000 bbl cargo capacity. Powered by two 2,150 bhp V-12 cylinder G.M. diesel engines, 230mm (9.1") bore x 254mm (10.0") stroke, delivering a total of 4,300 bhp. The engines, built in 1976 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corp., La Grange, IL, drive through Falk reduction gears with reverse gearing. Rated service speed: 12 knots (13.8 mph). This tanker was equipped with a bow thruster, twelve heated cargo tanks and her unloading system included six deepwell electric discharge pumps. The JUPITER's maiden voyage was May 13, 1976 from Smith's Bluff, TX loaded with lube oil bound for Marcus Hooks, PA. On the Great Lakes, the JUPITER delivered high volatile petroleum products to many ports around the Lakes. At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, September 16, 1990 the inbound motor ship BUFFALO passed close by while JUPITER was unloading unleaded gasoline at the Total Petroleum dock in the Saginaw River near Bay City, MI. The suction of BUFFALO's propellers caused the JUPITER, which was facing upriver, to pull away from the dock. As a result the aft pilings broke off and the fuel lines parted which caused a spark and ignited the spilled fuel. At the time 22,000 barrels of a total of 54,000 barrels were still aboard. Flames catapulted over 100 feet high filling the air with smoke that could be seen for 50 miles. The fire was still burning the next morning when a six man crew from Williams, Boots & Coots Firefighters and Hazard Control Specialists of Port Neches, TX arrived to fight the fire. By Monday afternoon they extinguished the fire only to have it re-ignite that night resulting in multiple explosions. Not until Tuesday morning on the 18th was the fire finally subdued with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard's BRAMBLE and BRISTOL BAY. The tanker, which was valued at $9 million, was declared a total constructive loss, though the engine room was relatively untouched. Unfortunately the fire claimed the life of one crew member who drowned attempting to swim ashore. As a result the Coast Guard closed the river to all navigation. On October 19th the river was opened to navigation after the Gaelic tugs SUSAN HOEY and CAROLYN HOEY towed the JUPITER up river to the Hirschfield & Sons dock at Bay City (formerly the DeFoe Shipyard) where a crane was erected for dismantling the burned out hulk. Her engines were removed and shipped to New Bedford, MA for future use. The river opening allowed American S.S.'s BUFFALO to depart the LaFarge dock where she had been trapped since the explosion. JUPITER's dismantling was completed over the winter of 1990-91. Coast Guard investigation determined a number of deficiencies including rotted pilings and improper ship passing procedures when discharging flammable cargoes. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled on October 29, 1991 that Total Petroleum was responsible for the fire because of faulty moorings and exonerated the BUFFALO from primary responsibility.