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Tom Haywood

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Tue, 7 June 05 17:53

I remember seeing one of these American greyhounds being berthed in the next dock up from Royal Albert (can't remember the name of the dock, old age creeping in) Also remember being amazed that these things could do around 24 kts.

Tom Haywood

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Tue, 7 June 05 18:26

G.E ELECTRIC TURBINES MATE , NOW THAT WAS A REAL STEAMER ,
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turbines48
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Registered: January 2006
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Sun, 19 February 06 19:27

US Lines Challenger I Class Built 1962-1963
All vessels have been scrapped

530 ft x 75 ft x 42'9"
21053 Tons Displacement
Westinghouse Geared Turbines 21600 SHP
Foster Wheeler D Type Boilers 600# Plant

Builders:
Newport News Shipbuilding & DD
American Challenger
American Champion
American Charger
American Chieftan

Bethlehem Steel Quincy Massachussettes Yard
American Corsair
American Courier
The Beth Built Ships had Bethlehem Turbines rather than Westinghouse
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Bruce Carson
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Sun, 19 February 06 20:24

Bethlehem, I believe, built six of the C4-S-57a class, the American Courier, Commander, Corsair, Contractor, Contender and Crusader.
Built as 21 knot ships, the \'American Challenger' set a speed record for a cargo ship on her first transatlantic voyage, averaging 24.2 knots eastbound and 23.8 westward.
The Pioneer (ex American) Commander, Contractor and Crusader are in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Inventory as of January 31, 2006. Homeport Beaumont, Texas.

Bruce C.
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turbines48
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Sun, 19 February 06 20:40

I just went back to check and in the Pioneer section of the ABS Record I have these ships are listed there with their original \"American\" names.

Never sailed on them but remember they did not have air conditioning as they were built for the North Europe run. In 1968 they were carrying stuff to Vietnam and everyone complained how hot they were. Fell on deaf ears as I was sailing WWII C-2\'s.

They were also known to roll alongside the dock!
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shipmate17
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Mon, 20 February 06 09:29

Thanks to everyone for that info.
cheers.
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