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S.S. Wolverine State #1


Gross Tonnage:7,211Net:4,420
Dimensions:422.8 x 57.0 x 34.8MC Type:EC2-S-C1
Builder:New England S.B. Corp.
Portland, ME
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
3043
3043
1944
8/44
Engines:T.3 Cy 24 1/2", 37" & 70' - 48"Engine Builder:General Machinery Corp.
Hamilton, Ontario
Navigation:DF, ESD, GYC, RADARDecks, etc.:2 Decks, Fitted for Oil Fuel, Cruiser Stern

Began SM Service:1947Ended SM Service:1954

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1944
246124
Joseph N. DinandUS War Shipping Administration
WRGX
Portland, MEUSWB
1946
246124
Joseph N. DinandUS Maritime Commission
WRGX
Portland, MEUS
1947
246124
Wolverine StateStates Marine Corp.
New York
WRGX
New YorkUS
1947
246124
Wolverine StateStates Marine Corp. of Delaware
New York
WRGX
WilmingtonUS
1950
246124
Wolverine StateStates Marine Corp. of Delaware
Wilmington, DE
WRGX
WilmingtonUS
1954
493
Omnium TraderOmnium Steamship Co.
New York
ELPH
MonroviaLiberian
1958
493
DanaCia Nav Hondurena S.A.
c/o Grauds Shipping Ltd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
ELPH
MonroviaLiberian
1959
246124
Pacific VentureDana SS Corp.
New York
WRGX
New YorkUS
1960
246124
VillageConsolidated Mariners, Inc.
New York
WRGX
New YorkUS
1963
246124
VillageU.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC
WRGX
New YorkUS

Events:
1946: U.S. Maritime Commission
1947: Sold to States Marine Corp., renamed WOLVERINE STATE.
1954: Sold to Omnium Steamship Co., renamed OMNIUM TRADER.
1958: Sold to Cia Nav Hondurena S.A., renamed DANA.
1959: Sold to Dana SS Corp., renamed PACIFIC VENTURE.
1960: Sold to Consolidated Mariners Inc., renamed VILLAGE.
1963: Returned to U.S. Govenment under Ship Exchange Act, in exchange for Victory Ship BARTLESVILLE VICTORY. Later transferred to U.S. Navy for disposal and scuttled.

Disposition DateComments
1964After transfer to the U.S. Navy this vessel was loaded at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Pier at Earle, New Jersey with 7,348 tons of obsolete ammunition and other assorted cargo. Towed to the deep water dumping site on September 17, 1964, she sank some 3 1/2 hours after her seacocks were opened. Five minutes after she sank three violent explosions were heard and felt and and oil slick and debris came to the surface, and it was obvious that her cargo had detonated as a result of pressure or from impact. These explosions were sufficient to make seismic recordings all over the world and, as a result, the U.S. Naval Research Office decided that certain future scuttlings would be used as scientific experiments.

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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