Marinship Corp.

Tankers 1942 - 1945


Kettleman Hills

Built: 9/44
Hull#: 56
USMC#: 1832
Later Names:
1951 Seatiger
1957 Ocean Nora
1957 Caribbean Star
1960 Globe Explorer
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1968: OVERSEAS EXLORER, 1971: OVERSEAS BULKER. November 1960, converted to bulk carrier. New midship section built by Verolme United Shipyards, Rosenburg, Holland (measurements: 572 ft oa x 75 ft, 13,795 GRT, 22,908 DWT). Renamed GLOBE EXPLORER. September 9, 1964, caught fire in engine room when 270 miles east of Cape Charles, VA (voyage Hampton Roads/Rotterdam - coal). Superstructure engulfed in flames and vessel afire from midships to the stern. Abondoned. Later reboarded. September 13, 1964, fires extinguished and vessel taken in tow by Coast Guard tug. Towline parted by hurricane - vessel adrift. September 16, 1964, tow reconnected, taken to Hampton Roads, thence to Newport News. December 1964, towed to Baltimore for repairs. 1965, forebody joined to afterbody of APPOMATTOX (Sun - Yard No. 289) by Maryland SB & DD Co., Baltimore (measurements same: 13,810 GRT, 23,029 DWT). 1968, renamed OCEAN EXPLORER, 1971: OVERSEAS BULKER. March 25, 1965, old afterbody of GLOBE EXPLORER, together with old forebody of APPOMATTOX, arrived in tow at Valencia for scrapping under name of FAIRWIND, having been joined at Norfolk, VA, and sold as one unit for breaking up. August 1965 scrapped Valencia.

Other history:

48 - American Overseas Tanker Corp., Wilmington, Del.
49 - Oceanic Maritime Corp., Wilmington, Del.
51 - SEATIGER Colonial Steamship Corp. (Orion Shipping & Trading Co., Inc.), New York
54 - Seatiger SS. Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del. [Orion Shipping & Trading Co.]
56 - Jupiter SS. Corp., Wilmington, Del. [do.]
57 - OCEAN NORA Ocean Tankships, Inc., Monrovia [Maritime Overseas Corp., New York]
57 - CARIBBEAN STAR Marine Star Corp., Monrovia [do.]
59 - Ocean Tankships, Inc., Monrovia [do.]
60 - GLOBE EXPLORER Bulk Ships, Inc. (Maritime Overseas Corp.), New York conv. to bulk carrier and lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Verolme United Shipyards, Rosenburg, resulting vessel 13,795 grt, 555.2 x 75.2ft dlvd. 11/60 63 - Sea Liberties, Inc., New York [do.]

Caught fire in engine room 11 Sep 1964, 270 miles east of Cape Charles, Va., voy. Hampton Roads - Rotterdam, coal, fire extinguished 13th, towed to Hampton Roads, dismantled 1965. exchanged machinery sections with T-2 tanker APPOMATTOX (Sun Yard #289). Vessel composed of forebody of APPOMATTOX and machinery section of GLOBE EXPLORER named FAIRWIND Maryland SB. & DD. Co., and sold for scrapping, Broken up at Valencia 1965, arr. 25.3.65 in tow, work began in 8/65

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Elk Hills

Built: 9/44
Hull#: 57
USMC#: 1833
Later Names:
1948 Ioannis Zafirakis


History and Notes:
48 - IOANNIS ZAFIRAKIS Athina Maritime Co., Ltd., Piraeus [S. Livanos & Co.]
65 - South Mediterranean Shipping, Ltd., Piraeus [Stavros Livanos]

Broken up at Hirao 1966 by Matsukura Kaiji K.K., arr. 30.6.66, work began in 7.66

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Lost Hills

Built: 9/44
Hull#: 58
USMC#: 1834
Later Names:
1947 Abu
1957 Trinity Transporter

History and Notes:
47 - ABU Skibs A/S Abu (Magnus Konow & Co.), Oslo
57 - TRINITY TRANSPORTER Trinity Transportation Corp., Monrovia [Marine Transport Lines, N.Y.]

Broken up at Hong Kong 1960 by Hong Kong Chiap Hua Manufactory Co. (1947), Ltd., arr. 11.11.60, work began 30.12.60

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Antelope Hills

Built: 10/44
Hull#: 59
USMC#: 1835
Later Names:
1956 Etude


History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: sold commercial (same name). 1956 renamed ETUDE. April 1961, converted to a liquid sulphur carrier and equipped with four specially designed centerline tanks by Bremer Vulkan Schiffbau & Maschinenfabrik, Bremen (7,040 GRT, 15,993 DWT).

Other history:

48 - Trans-World Maritime Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Sieling & Jarvis Corp., New York]
56 - ETUDE Lexington Transport Corp., Monrovia [United Maritime Corp., New York]
61 - converted to carry liquid sulphur by Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack, 7,040 grt, dlvd. 4/61
67 - Caribbean Sulphur Shipping Co., Monvrovia [Agenship, Ltd.]

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1974 by Tai Kien Industrial Co., Ltd., arr. 8.6.74, work began 4.11.74

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Buena Vista Hills

Built: 11/44
Hull#: 60
USMC#: 1836
Later Names:
1948 Texas Trader


History and Notes:
48 - TEXAS TRADER American Trading & Production Corp., Baltimore

Broken up at Hong Kong 1962 by Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd., arr. 3.9.62, work began 30.10.62

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Coalinga Hills

Built: 11/44
Hull#: 61
USMC#: 1837
Later Names:



History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: sold commercial (same name). 1956-7: acquired by Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company and fitted with a special spardeck for the carriage of containers on the Port Newark/Houston route. 1957: returned to tanker-only service. January 23, 1963, aground near Tanega Shima (voyage: Iran/Kudamatsu). Refloated, but severely damaged. Sold. Scrapped Hong Kong, March 1963.

Other history:

48 - Sword Line, Inc., New York
(56-58 - fitted with platform deck for carriage of containers while on time-charter to Pan-Atlantic Steamship Co.)
62 - Liquid Cargo Carriers, Inc., New York

Damaged by stranding near Tanega Shima, 23 Jan 1963, voy. Iran - Kudamatsu, sold Broken up at Hong Kong 1963 by Hong Kong Chiap Hua Manufactory Co. (1947), Ltd., arr. 7.3.63, work began 23.3.63

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Montebello Hills

Built: 11/44
Hull#: 62
USMC#: 1838
Later Names:
1963 Amber


History and Notes:
48 - Pacific Tankers, Inc., San Francisco
51 - Western Tankers, Inc., New York [Aristotle S. Onassis]
57 - Alexander S. Onassis Corp., Monrovia
62 - Condor Financiera Panama S.A., Monrovia [do.]
63 - AMBER s/o

Broken up at Keelung 1969 by Kuang-I Enterprises, arr. 15.1.69

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Inglewood Hills

Built: 12/44
Hull#: 63
USMC#: 1839
Later Names:
1948 Wieldrecht


History and Notes:
48 - WIELDRECHT N.V. Phs. van Ommeren, Rotterdam
53 - N.V. Mij. m.s. Wieldrecht (N.V. Phs. van Ommeren), Rotterdam

Broken up at Trieste 1963 by Fratelli Cosulich, (sold 1962, arr. 2.6.62, work began end Oct 1963)

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Baldwin Hills

Built: 12/44
Hull#: 64
USMC#: 1840
Later Names:
1948 Federal
1963 Adventurer

History and Notes:
48 - FEDERAL Petroleum Navigation Corp., Wilmington, Del.
50 - Trafalgar Steamship Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Aristotle S. Onassis]
57 - Alexander S. Onassis Corp., Monrovia
62 - Sunstone Marine Panama S.A., Monrovia
63 - ADVENTURER s/o

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1969, arr. 5.11.68

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Mckittrick Hills

Built: 12/44
Hull#: 65
USMC#: 1841
Later Names:



History and Notes:
48 - Pacific Tankers, Inc., Wilmington, Del. (San Francisco)
51 - Western Tankers, Inc., New York [Aristotle S. Onassis]
57 - Alexander S. Onassis Corp., Monrovia
62 - Condor Financiera Panama S.A., Monrovia

Broken up at Valencia 1964, arr. 16.6.64 in tow (l.u. at Baltimore since 3.60), work began in 7.64

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Newhall Hills

Built: 12/44
Hull#: 66
USMC#: 1842
Later Names:
1948 Afghanistan
1953 Giacomo Corrado

History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

May 24, 1947, in collision in fog with Swedish mv MONICA (1939, 396 GRT) off South Goodwin Sands (voyage: Salt End/Galveston - ballast). Caught fire in Nos 1 and 2 tanks; petrol vapour explosion, bows blown off and sank. Vessel abandoned but later reboarded. Fires extinguished; towed to Sheerness, then to Tilbury. September 27, 1947, towed to Southampton, then laid up at Hamble. Sold to Hindustan SS Co., LTD (Common Bros, LTD), Newcastle, in damaged condition and in February 1948 towed to River Tyne where a new forepart was constructed and fitted by Palmers SB & E Co. Renamed AFGHANISTAN (measurements: 524 ft oa x 506 ft 6 in bp x 68 ft, 10,601 GRT). 1953 renamed GIACOMO CORRADO. Scrapped Vado, June 1961.

Other history:

Collided with Swedish m/v MONICA, 24 May 1947, off the South Goodwin Sands, voyage Salt End - Galveston, in ballast, caught fire forward, bow blown off by explosion, subsequently towed into Sheerness, sold, new forepart built by Palmer's SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Hebburn-on-Tyne, 10,601 grt. (lengthened approx. 6" during re-building)

48 - AFGHANISTAN Hindustan Steam Shipping Co., Ltd. (Common Bros., Ltd.), Newcastle
53 - GIACOMO CORRADO Corrado Soc. di Nav., Genoa

Reported sold 7/60 while laid up at Trieste, broken up at Vado Ligure, June 1961 by ARDEM

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Rincon Hills

Built: 12/44
Hull#: 67
USMC#: 1843
Later Names:



History and Notes:
48 - Deep Sea Tankers, Ltd., Montreal [Shell Canadian Tankers, Ltd., Toronto]

Broken up at Osaka, April 1961, delivered at Osaka to International Metals Corp. 14.4.61, work began 25.4.61

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Potrero Hills

Built: 1/45
Hull#: 68
USMC#: 1844
Later Names:
1948 Captain John D. P.
1951 Potrero Hills
1955 Ideal X
1959 Elemir
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: renamed CAPTAIN JOHN D.P., 1951 renamed POTRERO HILLS. 1955, converted into a tanker/trailer ship by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore. Renamed IDEAL X. 1959, renamed ELEMIR. December 1963, electrical gear and mechanisms damaged by sand and dust during heavy sandstorm as Ras Tanura. February 8, 1964, bulkheads, brackets and framing af No. 6 tanks collapsed due to heavy weather (voyage: Sasebo/Portland, OR - ballast). Put into Kobe as port of refuge. Drydocked; forepeak and pumproom damage and numerous tank fractures discovered. Sold "as is" to Japanese shipbreakers. Scrapped Hirao, October 1964. (See BLACK RIVER - Alabama Yard No. 353).

Other history:

48 - CAPTAIN JOHN D. P. Nautilus Shipping Corp., New York
51 - POTRERO HILLS Philadelphia Marine Corp., New York
55 - IDEAL X Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corp., Wilmington, Del. - fitted with platform deck for carriage of containers
59 - ELEMIR Oceanic Petroleum Carriers, Inc., Wilmington, Del. [Marine Carriers Corp., New York] - platform deck removed

Sustained structural damage in cargo tanks in heavy weather 8 Feb 1964, voy. Sasebo - Portland, Ore, in ballast, put back to Kobe, not worth repair, sold, Broken up at Hirao 1964, by Matsukura Maritime Co., work began 20.10.64

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Sunset Hills

Built: 2/45
Hull#: 69
USMC#: 1845
Later Names:
1948 Atlantic Importer
1956 Marion Zeckendorf
1957 Georgetown
1960 Danny Boy
History and Notes:
48 - ATLANTIC IMPORTER Southern Trading Co., Wilmington, Del. [leased to Atlantic Refining Co.]
53 - Webb & Knapp, Inc., New York
56 - MARION ZECKENDORF s/o
57 - GEORGETOWN Ocean Freighting & Brokerage Corp., New York [T. J. Stevenson & Co., Inc.]
60 - DANNY BOY Kulukundis Maritime Industries, Inc., New York

Broken up at Osaka 1961 by Okada Salvage Co., Ltd.,, arr. prior 26.6.61, work began 1.7.61

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Midway Hills

Built: 2/45
Hull#: 70
USMC#: 1846
Later Names:
1948 Chryss Jane
1956 Hess Mariner

History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: renamed CHRYSS JANE, 1956 renamed HESS MARINER. October 1, 1961, explosion in engine room; severely damaged and afire. October 2, 1961, broke in two and sank, 106 miles east of Jacksonville (voyage: houston/Perth Amboy, NJ - oil).

Other history:

48 - CHRYSS JANE Cape Horn Steamship Corp., New York [Orion Shipping & Trading Co.]
53 - National Phoenix Industries, Inc., New York
55 - C. & C. Super Corp., New York
56 - HESS MARINER Colonial Steamship Corp., New York [Orion Shipping & Trading Co.] leased to Hess, Inc.
61 - Hess Tankship Co., Wilmington, Del. [Hess Oil & Chemical Corp., Perth Amboy, N.J.]

Holed by engine room explosion, 1 Oct 1961, approx. 110 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., voy. Houston - Perth Amboy, N.J., broke in two and sank next day

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Whittier Hills

Built: 2/45
Hull#: 71
USMC#: 1847
Later Names:
1955 Almena


History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948 sold commercial (same name). 1955: converted into a tanker/trailer ship by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore. Renamed Almena. Scrapped Hirao, October 1964. (See BLACK RIVER - Alabama Yard No. 353).

Other history:

48 - National Bulk Carriers, Inc., Wilmington, Del. [Daniel K. Ludwig]
55 - ALMENA Pan-Atlantic Steamship Corp., Wilmington, Del. - fitted with platform deck for containers
60 - U. S. Tankers Corp. (Marine Carriers Corp.), Wilmington, Del. (New York) - platform deck removed

Broken up at Hirao, Oct. 1964

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Signal Hills

Built: 2/45
Hull#: 72
USMC#: 1848
Later Names:
1948 Henry M. Dawes
1963 Guadalupe

History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: renamed HENRY M. DAWES. June 1963, midship section replaced by Alabama DD & SB Co., Mobile AL, with midship section of ESSO CHATTANOOGA (ex-ESSO TRENTON, 1941, 10,096 GRT). Renamed GUADALUPE (measurements: 525 ft 5 in oa x 68 ft, 10,380 GRT, 16,660 DWT). April 1973, arrived at Castellon for scrapping.

Other history:

48 - HENRY M. DAWES Sabine Transportation Co., Inc., Baltimore, Md.
63 - GUADALUPE s/o cargo section replaced with mid-body from SAN FRANCISCO ex- Esso Chattanooga, 10.380 grt, at Alabama DD. & SB. Co., Mobile
78 - lengthened, widened and deepened by new forebody and cargo section, built by Alabama DD. & SB. Co., Mobile 17,985 grt, 683ft 7in (l.o.a.), 74ft 0in (beam)

Broken up at Alang 2001 by Vijay Ship Breaking Corp., arr. 21.11.01

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Ventura Hills

Built: 2/45
Hull#: 73
USMC#: 1849
Later Names:
1948 Ventura
1955 Tuscarora
1956 World Tempest
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: renamed VENTURA, 1955 renamed TUSCARORA, 1956 renamed WORLD TEMPEST. October 1957, laid up at Piraeus. 1966 towed Spezia for scrap and, February 28, 1966 damaged by explosion while cleaning tanks before scrapping. April 1966 scrapped Spezia, except a bottom section which was converted to a non-propelled pipeline lay-down pontoon and renamed CASTORO.

Other history:

48 - VENTURA Ventura Steamship Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Stavros S. Niarchos]
55 - TUSCARORA Tuscarora Corp., Monrovia [do.]
56 - WORLD TEMPEST World Tempest Corp., Monrovia - s/o
60 - Ajax Shipping Co., Ltd., Piraeus [do.]

Sold to Italian shipbreakers 1965, arr. La Spezia 24.10.65, part of bottom section conv. to pipelaying barge CASTORO

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Puente Hills

Built: 3/45
Hull#: 74
USMC#: 2095
Later Names:
1948 Michael


History and Notes:
48 - MICHAEL J. M. Carras, Inc., Wilmington, Del. (New York)
61 - Mayflower SS. Corp., - s/o

Broken up at Trieste 1962 by Sidemar S.p.A. , arr. Bilbao 2/62 for sale to Spanish shipbreakers, re-sold, arr. Trieste 28.6.62, work began abt. 15.11.62

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La Brea Hills

Built: 3/45
Hull#: 75
USMC#: 2096
Later Names:
1962 Austin


History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: sold commercial (same name). August 1962, new midship section built by Iino SB & E Co LTD, Maizuru, and fitted by Maryland SB & DD Co., Baltimore (measurements: 633 ft 5 in oa x 75 ft 3 in, 15,354 GRT, 25,553 DWT). Renamed AUSTIN. July 5, 1970, discarded midbody arrived at Hamburg in tow for scrapping.

Other history:

48 - Trinidad Corp., Wilmington, Del. (New York)
62 - AUSTIN s/o lengthened by replacement with new cargo section built by Iino SB. & Eng. Co., Ltd., Maizuru, fitted by Maryland SB. & DD. Co., Baltimore, resulting vessel 15,354 grt, 614.8 x 75.2ft dlvd. 8/62
82 - VOUVRAY s/o [81 - Apex Oil Co., St. Louis]

Broken up at Gadani Beach 1982 by Zulfiqar Metal Industries, Ltd., arr. Karachi 8.7.82 for delivery, work began 30.8.82

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Santa Maria Hills

Built: 3/45
Hull#: 76
USMC#: 2097
Later Names:
1948 Mylla
1959 Transmundo
1961 Martin Fierro
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948: renamed MYLLA, 1959 renamed TRANSMUNDO. 1961, converted to self unloading bulk carrier by A?S Stord Verft, Stord. Renamed MARTIN FIERRO (10,860 GRT). The need for the conversion of this vessel arose when a ten year contract was awarded for the supply of coal to the giant Argentine government owned Somisa steel plant, located at St. Nicholas on Parana river. This shallow river permits only an average 24ft fresh-water draft and the contarctor's main problem was finding a method of transporting the coal 160 miles up this river from Rio de la Plata - a deep water harbour off Montevideo - and of discharging it without expensive and extensive terminal facilities. It seemed that either large deeply-laden ocean-going bulk carriers would have to be lightened before navigating up river (although lightening by any of the conventional methods would have been extremely uneconomical), or that the enormous tonnages involved would require shipment by a great many shallow-draft ocean-going ships. Finally these alternatives were rejected, and a self-loading and self-unloading ship, the MARTIN FIERRO, was designed, based on a T2 hull. This unique ship is able to transfer coal from the large ocean carriers into its holds, shuttle it up river and discharge it without assistance from any shore installation. The schedule of arrivals from overseas enables her to serve up to six ocean carriers economically and efficiently, and to maintain adequate and constant coal supply. She operates in conjunction with a series of 24,000 DWT bulk carriers. During conversion the ship's bridge was resited aft, and she was given four large holds, these being 86ft, 73ft (two) and 72ft in length and served by four corresponding hatches each 35ft wide and 61ft, 55ft (two) and 54ft in length. Her deck equipment includes two revolving "clamshell" cranes, each with a maximum capacity of 1,000 tons per hour. These cranes feed two travelling hopper cars which load an on deck conveyor belt on the starboard side running aft. This feeds a transverse conveyor at the after end of No. 4 hatch, which in turn feeds a port side conveyor equipped with a travelling tripper and reversible shuttle boom conveyor capable of outboard discharge or loading into the ship itself. The large deep-sea ships, therefor, come alongside the MARTIN FIERRO in deep water and the ship unloads the required tonnage. Coal is brought up from the holds of the carrier and dumped into the hopper cars. These transfer the coal on to the conveyors and thence into the MARTIN FIERRO's holds, and this transfer of some 10,000 tons is accomplished in twenty hours. Both ships then proceeded up river to the steelworks, 18 hours being needed for this navigation. If either vessel goes aground, the built in transfer system of the smaller vessel is used to lighten or trim as necessary. Discharge from the ferrying-ship at the steelworks is the reverse of the loading operation, with the shuttle-boom traversed outboard to feed the shore conveyor system, which is capable of stock piling more than 25,000 tons of coal. Shipboard power alone controls and operates both the interlocked ship and the shore facilities. The ocean carrier is discharged at the plant by bucket unloaders built with a capacity of 600-800 tons per hour and requiring about 36 hours to complete the task. However, in an emergency the MARTIN FIERRO can completely discharge the ocean carrier. Note: a similar conversion was made in 1965 to TRANSASIA (see Alabama - Yard No. 305).

Other history:

48 - MYLLA Victor Jenssens Rederi A/S (Simonsen & Astrup), Oslo
59 - TRANSMUNDO Cia. Naviera Transmundo S.A., Monrovia [Ocean Sg. & Tg. Corp., NY]
61 - MARTIN FIERRO Gotaas-Larsen S.r.l., Buenos Aires AR conv. to self-unloading bulk carrier, transfer vessel by A/S Stord Verft, Stord, 10,860 grt, dlvd. 7/61
78 - Alianza Naviera Argentina S.A., Buenos Aires - s/o

Broken up at Ramallo, Argentina 1983 by Talleres Martins S.A., arr. about 2.12.82, work began 22.2.83

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Kern Hills

Built: 4/45
Hull#: 77
USMC#: 2098
Later Names:
1957 Little Rock
1958 Wang Dispatcher

History and Notes:
48 - Southeastern Oil Florida, Inc., Wilmington, Del. (Jacksonville, Fla.)
56 - Long Island Tankers Corp., Wilmington, Del.
56 - Fairfield SS. Corp. (North Atlantic Marine Co., Inc.), New York
57 - LITTLE ROCK s/o
57 - WANG DISPATCHER s/o

Broken up at Willebroek, Belgium, April 1961, by Scrappingco S.A., sold 1960 to Jos. Boel & Fils S.A., arr. Tamise 28.11.60, re-sold, work began 15.4.61

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Elwood Hills

Built: 4/45
Hull#: 78
USMC#: 2099
Later Names:
1948 Lifjord
1959 Transpacific

History and Notes:
48 - LIFJORD Skips A/S Hidlefjord (Kornelius Olsen), Stavanger
59 - TRANSPACIFIC Transatlantic Navigation Corp., Monrovia

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1959, arr. 21.10.59

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Torrance Hills

Built: 4/45
Hull#: 79
USMC#: 2100
Later Names:
1950 Wisconsin
1960 Texaco Wisconsin
1961 Hedge Haven
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1950: renamed WISCONSIN, 1960 renamed TEXACO WISCONSIN, 1961 renamed HEDGE HAVEN. December 23, 1963, engine breakdown, 125 miles east of Muscat (voyage: Bombay/Bahrein). January 1964, disabled again in Mediterranean. January 26, 1964, arrived Palermo, in tow. Found not worth repairing. Scrapped Spezia, May 1964.

Other history:

48 - Donner Foundation, Inc., Wilmington, Del. (Philadelphia)
50 - WISCONSIN The Texas Company, Wilmington, Del.
60 - TEXACO WISCONSIN s/o
61 - HEDGE HAVEN Hedge Haven Farms, Inc. (E. C. Stamatiou), Philadephia

Broken up at La Spezia 1964 by Cant. di Portovenere S.p.A., arr. 1.4.64, work began 5.64 (damaged by engine breakdown 23.12.63, arr. Palermo 26.1.64 in tow)

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Santa Fe Hills

Built: 4/45
Hull#: 80
USMC#: 2534
Later Names:
1948 Esso Amsterdam
1959 Moelv

History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948 renamed ESSO AMSTERDAM. 1959, sold to Norway for use as an electricity generating plant. Renamed MOELV. December 17, 1959, turbines exploded and disintegrated while in use as a generating station at Gothenburg. Constructive Total Loss. Sold. February 13, 1960, left Gothengurg in tow of tug ENGLISHMEN, bound for shipbreakers. February 19, 1960, towrope parted during gale in the North Sea, vessel adrift. Tug later reconnected tow. February 22, 1960, arrived Blyth and scrapped the following month.

Other history:

48 - ESSO AMSTERDAM Petroleum Industrie Mij., N.V. The Hague
58 - Esso Tankvaart Mij. N.V., The Hague - s/o
59 - MOELV I/S Moelv (Torvald Klaveness), Oslo

Turbines exploded 17 Dec 1959 while in use as an electrical generating station at Göteborg, Broken up at Blyth 1960 by Hughes Bolckow, Ltd., arr. 22.2.60

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Dominguez Hills

Built: 5/45
Hull#: 81
USMC#: 2535
Later Names:
1948 Destiny
1956 Rondo

History and Notes:
48 - DESTINY American Viking Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Sieling & Jarvis Corp., New York]
56 - RONDO Park Tanker Corp., Monrovia [United Tanker Corp., New York]

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1966, sld. Kokura 21.10.66 for Kaohsiung, work began 20.11.66

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Paloma Hills

Built: 5/45
Hull#: 82
USMC#: 2536
Later Names:



History and Notes:
1948: Sold commercial (same name)
48 - Deep Sea Tankers, Ltd., Montreal [Shell Canadian Tankers, Ltd., Toronto]

Broken up at Hirao, Aug 1961 by Matsukura K.K., work began 1.8.61

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Fullerton Hills

Built: 5/45
Hull#: 83
USMC#: 2537
Later Names:



History and Notes:
48 - Bernuth, Lembcke Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del. (New York)

Broken up at Keelung 1962 by Tung Ho Steel Enterprises Co., Ltd., arr. 22.9.62, work began 8.11.62

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Belridge Hills

Built: 6/45
Hull#: 84
USMC#: 2538
Later Names:
1948 Mosbay
1952 Fury
1953 Sunbeam
1964 Souli
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

December 1960, converted to a bulk carrier and new midship section built by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries Co. LTD, Aioi (measurements: 570 ft oa x 75 ft, 12,723 GRT, 21,844 DWT). December 24, 1972, abandoned, sinking in storm 800 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska (voyage: Vancouver/Japan - coal).

Other history:

48 - MOSBAY A/S Mosvold Shipping Co. (Martin Mosvold), Farsund
52 - FURY Cia. Naviera Acapulco S.A., Monrovia [G. A. Embiricos]
53 - SUNBEAM Golfo Sureno Cia. Naviera S.A., Monrovia [do.]
60 - conv. to bulk carrier and lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Aioi, resulting vessel 12,723 grt, 555.9 x 75.2', dlvd. 12/60
64 - SOULI Parnassos Shipping Corp., Monrovia
70 - PACROVER Pacific Coast Shipping Co., Monrovia [Lasco Shipping Co., Portland, Ore.]

Foundered in a gale, 24 Dec 1972, abt. 800 miles south of Kodiak, in abt. 44.50N-152.00W, voy. Vancouver - Yokohama, coal

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Coyote Hills

Built: 6/45
Hull#: 85
USMC#: 2539
Later Names:
1948 Woensdrecht


History and Notes:
48 - WOENSDRECHT N.V. Phs. van Ommeren, Rotterdam
53 - N.V. Mij. m.s. Woensdrecht (N.V. Phs. van Ommeren), Rotterdam

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1962 by China Steel Corp., arr. 17.6.62, work began 8.7.62

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Huntington Hills

Built: 6/45
Hull#: 86
USMC#: 2540
Later Names:
1948 W. E. Downing
1953 Hess Diesel
1966 Thalia
1971 William J. Fields
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1948 renamed W.E. DOWNING, 1953 renamed HESS DIESEL. November 1954, lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore (measurements: 564 ft 6 in oa, 11,545 GRT, 18,054 DWT). Decemebr 1961, new midship section built by Bethlehem Steel Co., Sparrows Point (measurements: 605 ft oa x 75 ft, 14,035 GRT, 23,411 DWT). 1966 renamed THALIA, 1971 renamed WILLIAM J. FIELDS.

Other history:

Construction record - completed in 33 days.
48 - W. E. DOWNING State Fuel Co., Boston (mgd. by Mathiasen's Tanker Industries, Inc., Philadelphia]
53 - HESS DIESEL Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy, N.J.
54 - lengthened by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore, 11,545 grt, 544.9ft
55 - Hess Tankship Co., Wilmington, Del. [Hess, Inc., Perth Amboy]
61 - lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Bethlehem Steel Co., SB. Div., Sparrow's Point, Md., fitted by Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore (Key Highway Yard), resulting vessel 14,035 grt, 585.9 x 75.3ft, dlvd. 12/61
66 - THALIA Commerce Tankers Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Milton Pilalas & Co., New York]
71 - WILLIAM J. FIELDS Tanker Four Lakes, Inc., Wilmington, Del. [Texas City Tankers Corp., Texas City]
71 - Syracuse Corp., Wilmington, Del. [do.]
75 - MOUNT EXPLORER Cove Tankers Corp., New York [Mount Shipping, Inc.]
78 - COVE EXPLORER Cove Carriers, Inc., New York [Cove Shipping, Inc.]

Broken up at Gadani Beach 1983 by MEC Shipbreakers, Ltd., arr. Karachi 13.6.83 for delivery, work began 15.11.83

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Wheeler Hills

Built: 7/45
Hull#: 87
USMC#: 2541
Later Names:
1947 Esso Rotterdam
1959 Phaethon
1974 Pyramid Veteran
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1947 renamed ESSO ROTTERDAM, 1959 renamed PHAETHON. 1960 converted to a bulk carrier. New midship section built by Netherlands Dock & SB Co., Amsterdam (measurements: 570 ft oa x 75 ft, 15005 GRT, 23,000 DWT).

Other history:

47 - ESSO ROTTERDAM N.V. Petroleum Industrie Mij., The Hague
58 - Esso Tankvaart Mij. N.V., The Hague - s/o
59 - PHAETHON Comet Shipping Co. S.A., Piraeus [C. M. Lemos & Co.]
60 - conv. to bulk carrier and lengthened by replacement of cargo section with new midbody built by Nederland. Dok. & Scheepsbouw Mij., Amsterdam, resulting vessel 15,005 grt, 570.3 x 75.2ft, dlvd. 5/60
65 - s/o., Monrovia
74 - PYRAMID VETERAN Creole Shipping, Ltd., Nassau [Pyramid Ventures Group, Inc., New Orleans] BH
77 - CAT No. 1 F.B.V. Corp. (Bahamas), Ltd., Nassau [Felix B. Vicknair, Miami]

Broken up at Brownsville, Texas 1978 by Consolidated Andy, Inc., work began 18.4.78

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Fruitvale Hills

Built: 9/45
Hull#: 92
USMC#: 2714
Later Names:
1965 San Antonio


History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1947, sold commercial (same name). 1965, new fore and midship sections built by Newport News SB & DD Co. (measurements: 623 ft 6 in oa x 74 ft 2 in, 15,185 GRT, 25,936 DWT). Renamed SAN ANTONIO. January 1967, 36 ft 6 in section of old midbody used to lengthen MISSION SAN LUIS OBISPO (Marinship - Yard No. 47). February 1967, 36 ft 6 in section of old midbody used to lengthen MISSION SANTA BARBARA (Marinship - Yard No. 46). March 1967, 36 ft 6 in section of old midbody used to lengthen PAMANSET (Marinship - Yard No. 21).

Other history:

47 - Trinidad Corp., Wilmington, Del. (New York)
65 - SAN ANTONIO s/o lengthened by replacement of bow and cargo section with new forebody built by Newport News SB. & DD. Co., Newport News, Va., resulting vessel 14,831 grt, 594.0 x 74.2ft, dlvd. 12/65
81 - BORDEAUX s/o [Apex Oil Co., St. Louis]

Broken up at Brownsville 1984 by Consolidated Andy, Inc., arr. 13.4.84

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Marin Hills

Built: 9/45
Hull#: 93
USMC#: 2715
Later Names:
1947 Atlantic Africa
1951 Kongsholm
1951 Atlantic Capetown
1963 Demetrios A.
History and Notes:

From Victory Ships and Tankers by Sawyer and Mitchell:

1966: LAKE GEORGE. 1947 renamed ATLANTIC AFRICA, 1951 renamed KONGSHOLM, 1951 renamed ATLANTIC CAPETOWN. 1954, re-engined with turbo-electric machinery. 1963 renamed DEMETRIOS A, 1966 renamed LAKE GEORGE. Scrapped Kaohsiung, September 1968.

Other history:

47 - ATLANTIC AFRICA Skibs A/S Solvang (A. Gowart Olsen), Stavanger
51 - KONGSHOLM s/o
51 - ATLANTIC CAPETOWN Tanker Transport, Inc., Monrovia
63 - DEMITRIOS A. Artemision SS. Co., S.A., Monrovia [Northern Ships Agency, Inc., N.Y. - A. Triandifilou]
66 - LAKE GEORGE s/o [Trinity Shipping, Inc., New York - Robert Rosenthal]

Broken up at Kaohsiung 1969, arr. 1.6.68

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Built:
Hull#: 94
USMC#: 2716
Later Names:



History and Notes:
Scrapped when only half built. Intended to convert to USN (AO) type. (Cancelled 15 August 1945).

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Built:
Hull#: 95
USMC#: 2717
Later Names:



History and Notes:
Scrapped when only half built. Intended to convert to USN (AO) type. (Cancelled 15 August 1945).

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