Historic Seaway Carrier Makes Last Trip Down St. Lawrence

The American Victory

The American Victory exits Eisenhower Lock with the help of Evan McKeil at its bow and the Seahound at its stern. Tug boat Tim McKeil, right, waits to join the procession on the lower wall.

White paint covers up most of her name. The American Victory, once a star of the Seaway, is slowly making her last trip down the St. Lawrence as the ‘‘Victo.”

On Tuesday, she made her way through the Eisenhower locks in Massena, a vessel stripped to the bone and being towed by three tugs to a scrap yard in Turkey.

Once she was an oiler known as the Neshanic. She served during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific and was hit by a Japanese bomb while refueling a destroyer.

In 1958, she was owned by the Gulf Oil Company and known as the Gulfoil. Then, she was involved in a deadly collision with another tanker, which led to her final configuration. The ship was widened and lengthened while being converted to a bulk carrier designed specifically for the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway. She was built as a maximum sized Seaway carrier, 730 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 39 feet 3 inches deep.

From 1962 to 2006, she was known as The Middletown and was famous for her speed on the Great Lakes.

In 2006, she was sold to American Steamship and became the American Victory. She last sailed in 2008. Once the ship reaches Turkey, according to the Duluth News Tribune, her hull, reduced to scrap, will be worth $3 million.


SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times