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SS White Falcon

SS WHITE FALCON

The North Carolina Shipbuilding Company of Wilmington built this type C2-S-AJ1 vessel and delivered her during April 1944. She was sold privately in 1947 and named Santa Eliana as in this photograph taken during the early 1960s.

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Details given are correct for the C2 built as "White Falcon" but the photo shows a C3 type. She appears to be the ship built by Ingalls S.B. Co but taken over by US Navy and completed by Bethlehem Steel Corp in 1944 as the attack transport "Mendocino". 1947 renamed "P&T Seafarer", 1957 "Mormacwind", 1966 "Santa Eliana", 1973 "Eliana" and arrived Kaohsiung May 1973 to be broken up.
 

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Dave
Thank you for the correction. It is sometimes difficult to obtain good information on war-time standard ships without the right books. This is what makes this site so good and informative. Please keep them coming.
I try to do the best I can with what I have available.
Thanks again
Stuart
 

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Have some additional info on the "White Falcon"
"Santa Eliana" Grace Line. 1960 converted into container carrier and lengthened by 45 ft. Beam increased by sponsoring by 11 ft.
 

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She has a Prudential Lines stack.
Prudential (owned by Skouras of NY) purchased Grace Lines arround 1970.
 

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This is not the same Santa Eliana that was later converted into the container ship Mayaguez. This is a later, and larger, vessel; a C3 cargo ship, not a C-2. She has the Prudential Lines logo on her funnel (blue with a yellow "P"), not that of Grace Lines (green with a white band and a black top) which operated the older Santa Eliana. To make matters even more confusing, later on there was also another container ship called Mayaguez, which was a former U.S. Lines container ship. As is often the case, the same name was applied to several ships at different times, generating some understandable confusion.
 

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