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Ocean Pioneer is a series of supertankers that feature in Danger At Ocean Deep. As far as is known, only two were built: Ocean Pioneer I and Ocean Pioneer II.


  • Displacement: 120,000 tons
  • Length: 620 feet
  • Power Source: atomic reactor that powers a 35,000 hp turbine
  • Range: 7,000 miles
  • Top Speed: 45 knots
  • Width: 89 feet


The front of the ship has an anchor on its starboard side, at least one towing cleat, and a cargo pump-room with a large, four-pronged communication antenna on top. This antenna is also supported by several cables. Underneath the cargo pump-room is the tank maintenance access gangway.

The middle of the ship has a number of tanks for storing either alsterene or oil, as well as a maintenance gangway.

Abaft, there is a two-storey superstructure. The first storey has living accommodation for the crewmen as well as a cabin for the captain. The first storey extends to the end of the ship, just below an orange helipad. The second storey houses the control room. Underneath the bridge is the atomic reactor and the steam turbine power plant.

The Bridge

Cutaway Drawing

Main article: History of the Cutaway Drawings (Classic Thunderbirds)

Only one cutaway drawing of the Ocean Pioneer class tankers is known to exist. It featured in Redan Thunderbirds Comics, and was illustrated by Graham Bleathman.


  • Two different size models were used during filming.
  • It also appears - twice - in the Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons episode The Launching, both as a real ship in the shipyard, and as a model in the Launch Control Room.