Bluefield Victory 02 02 6.44
1951 ALASKA BEAR, Pacific Far East Line, San Francisco.
1969 COLUMBIA WOLF for voyage to shipbreakers.
1970 Scrapped Hong Kong
Bloomington Victory was also a Victory Ship I watched her being cut up in Panama City, Florida around 1972/3 as she was loaded onboard us in bits where we took her as a cargo of scrap to Kaoshuing in Taiwan.
Bloomfield was a American Shipping company which was swallowed up by States Marine in the USA.
States Marine took over management of Bloomfield Steamship Co., 906 Cotton Exchange Bldgs., Houston, TX, eventually gaining control of this company, retaining the name until all vessels disposed/scrapped by mid 1969. Bloomfield was originally founded after WW II by Ben M. Bloomfield, a former executive with Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., based in Houston, TX, acquiring surplus vessels to serve the Gulf region. Lykes blocked Bloomfield's subsidy application, resulting in Bloomfield selling its 3 surplus C2's and 80% of the stock to Farrell Lines, the owner of the remaining 20% of the stock. In 1951 Bloomfield, with local Texas backing, reestablished his company with 5 VC2s and 3 EC2s, servicing Europe and the Mediterranean from the Gulf. While Lykes couldn't block Bloomfield during the Korean War, with the U.S. Government's demand for shipping, following this war pressure was brought to bear, causing the passage of management to States Marine.
States Marine filed first application for vessel subsidies from the U.S. Government.
Old Dominion State (1), EC2, sold to United Steamship Corp. of Panama; renamed Henry Ulman and flagged in Panama.
Wolverine State (1), EC2, sold to Omnium Steamship Co. of New York; renamed Omnium Trader and flagged in Liberia.