Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.S.
Official Number U.S. NAVY
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 488.25
Width 68.25
Depth 36.75
Gross Tonnage 10340.00
Net Tonnage 6301.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 04381

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted to dry bulk carrier and lengthened by Maryland Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; mid body built by Verholme United Shipyards, Rotterdam, Holland, in 1961 (716.58 x 75.16 x 35.58; 13167 gross - 9430 net). Converted to self-unloader at Bay Shipbuilding, June 25, 1982.
History Laid down as MARQUETTE.Built under U.S. Maritime Commission contract as T3-S-A1 tanker.
Christened at Baltimore, MD, June 24, 1961, as PIONEER CHALLENGER; departed shipyard, July 1, 1961, for Seven Islands, P.Q. Passed upbound, Detroit, on maiden voyage, July 16, 1961.
As GULFOIL: In collision with tanker S.E. GRAHAM, August 7, 1958, at Newport, RI. The GRAHAM, carrying 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline, exploded, killing 15 of GULFOIL's crewmen.
As PIONEER CHALLENGER: Struck submerged object off Buffalo, NY, July 30, 1961, suffering severe bottom damage. Repaired by Fraser-Nelson Shipyard, Superior, WI.
As MIDDLETOWN: Inspection by divers on December 6, 1978, revealed broken rudder stock; towed to Lorain for repairs.

Build Information

Builder Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard, Inc.
Place Built Sparrows Point, MD
Date Built 1943-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
PIONEER CHALLENGER1961-00-001962-00-00U.S.251093
AMERICAN VICTORY2006-00-00U.S.251093

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
U.S. Maritime Commission1942-00-001943-00-00U.S.U.S. NAVY
U.S. Navy1943-00-001947-00-00U.S.U.S. NAVY
Gulf Oil Co.1947-00-001958-00-00U.S.251093
Maryland Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.1958-00-001960-00-00U.S.251093
Pioneer Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., Mgrs.)1960-00-001962-00-00U.S.251093
Columbia Transportation Co.1962-00-00U.S.251093
American Steamship Co.2006-00-00U.S.251093