The giant 250,000 ton oil tanker was launched in April 1970. A section the bank of the Tyne at Hebburn had to be excavated to allow for the ship speeding down the slipway in to the river.
Apparently the director responsible for the calculation of the launch got a drenching when the resulting wash produced a wave which swept up Ellison St, Hebburn.
Esso Hibernia also became one of the stars of the classic Michael Caine film Get Carter. The ship appears in the background in the ferry crossing scene.
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