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Laid down 1924

Incorporated (Brazilian Navy) 1936

Decomm. 30 May 1950

Tonnage: 5,553 / 7,930 tons

Length:121.92 m

Beam: 15.92 m

Draught: 7.70 m.

Propulsion: Triple expansion  Steam boilers max. power 3.100 hp.

Speed: 10 nós.

Armament: 1 Armstrong 120 mm gun Model III, 1 20 mm Madsen machinegun.

Complement: 92.

Tanker Marajo, ex-Malistan, was the second ship from Brazilian Navy to bear this name after the Island located at Amazon estuary. She was built by Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, England 1924, purchased at 1936 and incorporated 1937. The first Commander was Lieutenant Comm. Antônio Pedro de Cerqueira e Sousa. 

Her keel was laid in 1922, bearing the name SS Malistan and the number 255. The ship was ordered by The Steam Shipping Company LimitedShe was acquired by the Brazilian Government through a representative of the Navy of Brazil, then Frigate Captain Naval Engineer Silvio Weguelin on the 22nd of December 1936, when the SS Malistan registration ended on that same date. She was incorporated by means of Notice No. 693 of March 31, 1937, having an Armament Exhibition on April 3 attended by the Chief of Staff of the Navy Vice Admiral Anfiloquio Reis.

Second Brazilian Navy ship to bear the name Marajó in honor of largest Brazilian island, located at the mouth of the Amazon River and which refers to the word tupi-guarani. The first ship was a gunboat built at the Rio de Janeiro Navy Arsenal, launched into the sea on December 24, 1885. The ship was intended for the transport of liquids and had eight tanks main, divided in the middle of the keel. 

She had two masts, one on the forward deck and the other on the midship deck. It had as superstructures: forward the castle; a midship the spardeck; and the aft the poop. The castle had only one deck, the spardeck had four and the deck had two decks, these superstructures were linked together by two points in the longitudinal direction.

Marajó was a tanker which brought vital fuel oil from Aruba and Caripito in Caribbean in order to supply our warships during the war once Brazil only began to extract oil and produce fuel with the creation of a National Petroleum Agency PETROBRAS from 1953, despite oil had been found out at Lobato, a region in the outskirts of Salvador Bahia, in 1939) 


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