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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Mobiloil

Other name(s): Chiwawa,; Lee A. Tregurtha; U.S.S. Chiwawa; U.S.S. Samoset; Walter A. Sterling; William Clay Ford

Ship owner: Cities Services Oil Co.; Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co.; Interlake Steamship Co.; Rouge Steel Co.; Socony Mobil Oil Co.; U.S. Navy

Ship builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Sparrows Point, Maryland

Engine builder: Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, Maryland

Year ship built: 1942

Year engine built: 1942

Final disposition: In service, as of December, 2002.


T-3 type tanker. Built prior to the war, and had two names after being requisitioned by the U.S. Navy after the outbreak of WWII.  Arrived in Toledo, Ohio in April 1960.  New mid-body built at Hamburg West Germany by Schleiker and towed to Toledo and joined to old bow and stern to make a new bulk carrier, 730' by 75', 22,500 tons.  Lengthened in 1976 to 826' and 14905 tons and made into a self-unloader.



b) U.S.S Chiwawa (A.O. 1968)

c) Chiwawa (US 251505)

d) Walter P. Sterling (1962)

e) William Clay Ford (1985)

f) Lee A. Tregurtha (1989)


1) Socony-Mobile Oil Co. (requisitioned by US Govt before documentation); 2) U. S. Navy; 3) Cities Services Oil Co.; 4) Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co.; 5) Rouge Steel Co. (Ford Motor) (1984); 6) Interlake Steamship Co. (1989)

Registry number: None

Hull number: 4378

Vessel type: Tanker

Height: 37

Width: 68

Length: 487.6

Gross tonnage: 10278

Net tonnage: 6270

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Turbine, 2 cylinder

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