Registry and Rig Information

Name LST-0987
Registry U.S.
Official Number U.S. NAVY
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 328.00
Width 50.00
Depth 14.00
Hull Material Steel

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted to hopper dredge, 1973 (3156 gross - 1976 net). U.S. measures, November, 1978 (315 x 50 x 20.33; 2923 gross - 2102 net).
History Rig - Landing Ship-Tank.Commissioned in U.S. Navy on April 19, 1944. Served largely on East Coast during World War II, with no battle stars. Renamed MILLARD COUNTY (LST-987) on July 1, 1955. Struck from Navy List on June 1, 1960 and sold to Federal German Navy for conversion to battle repair ship. Conversion never took place
and vessel never was commissioned in Federal German Navy. Sold in November, 1968, for scrapping in Germany. This failed to happen and vessel was converted to hopper dredge under Panamanian registry. Brought to Great Lakes in 1978 for use in Cleveland harbor. Laid up, 1979, at Sandusky, OH.
We now learn that she is the ex-ESPERANCE III (Sept. 20), built in 1944 as LST-987. She later was U.S.S. MILLARD COUNTY and was converted to a dredge in 1973 after a plan to convert her to a repair ship for the German Navy fell through. She has been on the Lakes, mostly in lay-up, since 1978. Hank Harvey tells that her present owners are B. & B. Dredge Co. of Crystal River, FL. Capt. Vic Chamberlain says that she was to clear Toledo about June 21 for Rochester where she apparently has a dredging job. (Chips 6/27/87)

Build Information

Builder Boston Navy Yard
Place Built Boston, MA
Date Built 1944-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
ESPERANCE III1973-00-001978-00-00PANAMA
ESPERANCE III1978-00-001986-00-00U.S.590658
MILLARD COUNTY (LST-987)1955-00-001973-00-00U.S.U.S. NAVY

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
American International Dredge Corp.1980-00-001986-00-00U.S.590658
B & B Dredging Corp.1986-00-002000-00-00U.S.590658
Cdeco Maritime Construction, Inc.1978-00-001980-00-00U.S.590658
Proteus Co.2000-00-00U.S.590658
U.S. Navy1944-00-001973-00-00U.S.U.S. NAVY
Zandzuig & Transportbedrijf H.G. & G.D. Blomberg B.V.1973-00-001978-00-00PANAMA