This Day in History

This Day in History (1975): Lady Sophie Ready

The columns were part of the expansion of Aramco's NGL facilities in Abqaiq and Ras Tanura.

This Day in History (1975): Lady Sophie Ready

From the May 21, 1975, edition of The Arabian Sun

That's 920 tons of cargo the M/S Lady Sophie is getting ready to offload at the Ras Tanura West Pier.


The column nearest the ramp weighs 500 tons, is 26 feet in diameter, and 110 feet long. The smaller column weighs 420 tons, is 20 feet in diameter, and 140 feet long.


These columns and the one aboard the M/S Bellatrix, which recently arrived at the West Pier, are all part of the expansion of Aramco's NGL facilities in Abqaiq and Ras Tanura.


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1937 — North Pole-1, a Soviet station, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean


1927 — Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean


1904 — The Federation Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, is founded in Paris


1864 — The Ionian Islands reunite with Greece


1851 — Slavery in Colombia is abolished


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