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Coral Sea

  • Built in 1944 for the Defense Plant Corp (DPC 608) by Cargill, Port Savage, MN.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Completed by Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Works Co., Memphis, TN.
  • Leased by Inland Waterways Corporation to Sohio Corp. for the duration of WWII
  • Sold in March 1947 to Federal Barge Lines
  • Sold in 1959 to Oil Transport Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Final Disposition, dismantled in 1960
    Displacement 1016 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 52'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two propellers

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    Coral Sea
    Towboat Coral Sea was named after the battle fought, 4–8 May 1942, in the Coral Sea, located between New Guinea and Australia (NS0243ai). It was the first engagement in naval warfare in which warships exchanged not a shot, the action being carried on by carrier aircraft of both fleets. Although a Japanese tactical victory, it turned out to be a decisive strategic victory for the United States, as it halted further Japanese advance to the southeast, and saved Australia and New Zealand from any further threat of invasion.
    Map - Coral Sea, Google Maps
    Photo - "Death of Shoho" Artwork by Robert Benney, Courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.
    Paintings of Naval Aviation during World War II: Abbott Collection. #99: "Death of Shoho" by Robert Benney. Courtesy of the National Museum of the US Navy.)
    Fabio Peña
    Coral Sea
    Coral Sea
    89k Towboat Coral Sea underway at New Martinsville, West Virginia, with a barge tow, 21 March 1959.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
    John Spivey
    Coral Sea
    82k Towboat Coral Sea underway, date and location unknown.
    Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
    John Spivey

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