Allied Warships

USS Neshanic (AO 71)

Oiler of the Chiwawa class

Amercan Victory (ex. USS Neshanic AO 71) in the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 2006. Photo by Todd Williams.

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAO 71 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Sparrows Point, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched31 Oct 1942 
Commissioned20 Feb 1943 
End service19 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned on 19 December 1945
Stricken on 8 January 1946
Sold into merchantile service in 1947.
As of 2005 this ship is still sailing under the name Middletown for the Oglebay Norton Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
She was sold into lake service, by Gulf Oil, in 1961.
She was lengthed to 730 feet and a 75 foot beam, plus conversion into a bulk frieghter.
She was named the Pioneer Challenger until 1962 when she gained her present name and employer.
The ship was converted to self unloading bulk carrier in 1982.
She is a common visitor to ports around the great lakes.

She was sold to the American Steamship Company and renamed American Victory, her current name.

The ship still proudly displays her battle stars and former pennant. Photo by Todd Williams.


Commands listed for USS Neshanic (AO 71)

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1Cdr. Albert Clarence Allen, USNR20 Feb 194319 Dec 1945 (1)

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