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SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018)


Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1962 as SS American Contractor, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-57a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA 121) at Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the United States Lines, 24 July 1963, for operation
  • Name changed to SS Pioneer Contractor 25 November 1966
  • Tittle transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 7 November 1980, under MARAD Trade-In and Build Program
  • Bare Bottom Charter to United States Lines, 7 November 1980
  • Returned to MARAD by the United States Lines, 5 May 1981, at Beaumont, TX.
  • Assigned by MARAD to the Military Sealift Commander (MSC) Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) as SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018)
  • When not activated SS Pioneer Contractor was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Beaumont, TX. and could be activated in 30 days
  • Downgraded from the Ready Reserve Fleet, 1 October 2001
  • Final Disposition, 27 January, 2009, Department of Transportation signed a fee for service contract worth $321,000 with Marine Metals of Brownsville TX., to scrap Pioneer Contractor
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,105 t.(lt) 17,731 t.(fl)
    Length 530'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 31.9
    Speed unknown
    Full Operating Complement unknown
    Propulsion
    two cylinder steam turbine
    single propeller, 22,500shp
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    Commercial Service
    Pioneer Contractor 380k SS American Contractor on the River Weser, arriving at Bremen, Germany, on her maiden voyage, 13 August 1963. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Pioneer Contractor 139k SS Pioneer Contractor underway, date and location unknown. US Maritime Commission.
    MARAD Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF)
    Pioneer Contractor 57k SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018) underway, date and location unknown. US Maritime Commission.
    Pioneer Contractor 77k SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018) underway, date and location unknown. US Maritime Commission.
    Houston 73k Stern view of SS Pioneer Commander (AK-2016) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. alongside SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018) and an unidentified ship, date unknown. Maritime Administration
    Gulf Farmer 58k From left to right: SS Pioneer Contractor (AK-2018), SS Gulf Farmer (AK-5045) and SS Gulf Merchant (AK-5046), laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. date unknown. MARAD

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