This is a photograph of the American Flag tanker MANHATTAN. Built in 1962, it was, at the time, the biggest ship under American registry - 105,000 deadweight tons. It would now be dwarfed by many suezmax and vlcc/ulcc tankers. The MANHATTAN was chartered by a major oil company and extensively modified to be an ice-breaking tanker for possible use transporting Alaskan North Slope oil through the Northwest Passage. Rather than cutting through the ice, the MANHATTAN's bow was reinforced so that it could ride up on the ice and break through it with its enormous weight. The MANHATTAN completed one transit of the Northwest Passage, carrying a single symbolic barrel of North Slope crude. Subsequently, the Trans Alaska Pipeline was built to Valdez, through which all Alaskan oil moves. The MANHATTAN was scrapped in 1987.

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