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S.S. Garden State #1


Gross Tonnage:6,103Net:3,515
Dimensions:438.9 x 63.1 x 27.7MC Type:C2-S-B1
Builder:Consolidated Steel Corp. Ltd.
Wilmington, CA
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
1360
2819
1946
3/46
Engines:2 Steam Turbines DR Geared to Single Screw ShaftEngine Builder:General Electric Co.
Lynn MA
Navigation:DF, ESD, GYCDecks, etc.:2 Decks & Shelter Deck, Fitted for Oil Fuel, Cruiser Stern

Began SM Service:1946Ended SM Service:1957

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1946
 
Ocean RoverUS Maritime Commission
 
Los AngelesUS
1946
249174
Garden StateStates Marine Corp.
New York
AOPY
New YorkUS
1957
249174
Margarett BrownBloomfield Steamship Co.
Houston, TX
KIWT
HoustonUS
1968
249174
Da GamaCrest Overseas Shipping Co., Inc.
New York
KIWT
New YorkUS

Events:
1946: Sold to States Marine Corp., renamed GARDEN STATE.
1957: Sold to Bloomfield Steamship Co., renamed MARGARETT BROWN.
1968: Sold to Crest Overseas Shipping Co., renamed DA GAMA.
1/71: Disabled with machinery trouble 1,000 miles from Honolulu. Sistership ERICSON stood by for 9 days until tug SEALION had vessel in tow for Honolulu. Repaired, she sailed for Chittagong, voyage Seattle - Pakistan with wheat, but was abandoned by the crew in February when anchored at Manila, alleging they had not been paid. Six months later the ship became the object of a four corner dispute involving the crew, the U.S., the Phillipine and Pakistan governments. This dispute arose when the Phillipine govenment arrested the vessel for non-payment of docking fees, a court case pending for recovery of the crew's wages, the Pakistan government claiming ownership of the cargo and the U.S. government claiming back taxes on the ship. In September 1971 the port authorities took possession of the ship, claiming she was a navigational hazard, and 8 months later she was still in custody due to court attachment orders. In October 1972, the vessel was sold at public auction in Manila, going first to a local purchaser and later to shipbreakers at Iligan Bay.

Disposition DateComments
1972Sold by Crest Overseas Shipping Co., Inc., USA to Phillipine Shipbreakers at Iligan where she arrived during 10/73, having been laid up in Manila Bay since 2/71. Scrapped 11/72 Iligan Bay, Phillipines.


Photo courtesy of Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus 2011 - All rights reserved.

A postcard from Italy, showing the port of Genoa, circa 1950



Photo courtesy of Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus 2011 - All rights reserved.

as the Margarett Brown
circa 1958



Photo courtesy of Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus 2011 - All rights reserved.

as the Margarett Brown
Bremerhaven, March 1965



Photo courtesy of Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus 2011 - All rights reserved.

as the Da Gama
Bremerhaven, August 1968


The information on this web site is the kind contribution of our Historian, Skip Lewis, 2003. Skip, whose dad sailed for Isthmian, is an avid collector and researcher of everything Isthmian and States Marine. In his quest, he has used many sources and publications including Lloyd's of London and Imperial Steel by John Atherton.

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