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PTTC Trivia Time

When did the first shipment of oil from Pennsylvania's oil fields to Europe occur?



This week in 1862, the brig Elizabeth Watts arrived at London's Victoria dock carrying 901 barrels of oil and 428 barrels of kerosene from Pennsylvania oilfields, the first "oil" shipment across the Atlantic. Within a year Philadelphia had exported 239,000 barrels of oil, still without the technology of railroad tank cars or tanker ships. Courtesy of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society.