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NavSource Online: Army Ship Photo Archive
Built in 1944 for the Defense Plant Corp (DPC 613) by Mt. Vernon Bridge, Ironton, OH.
Launched in 1944
Leased in 1944 by Inland Waterways Corporation and chartered to Butcher-Arthur Co. for the duration of World War II
Sold in 1947 to Ore Steamship Corp., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel, for Orinoco River service but never went there
Reboilered in 1947 to receive two steam generators and two smokestacks. In these and other mechanical aspects, she differed from the other 20 Defense Plant Corporation towboats
Laid up, date unknown, at Beaumont, Texas
Sold in 1954 to Ohio Barge Line. She was the last DPC boat operated by Ohio Barge Line
Placed out of service, date unknown
Sold in 1968 to a Pittsburgh dentist who planned to make her into a restaurant. That didn't happen
Resold, date unknown, to Port Allen (Louisiana) Marine Service who put offices and shops aboard and used her boilers for barge cleaning
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1016 t.
Hull Depth unknown
two reciprocating steam engines
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Lunga Point - A promontory on the northern coast of Guadalcanal, the site of a naval battle during World War II. It was also the name of a nearby airfield, later named Henderson Field.
USS Lunga Point is also the name of a United States Navy escort carrier that operated in World War II. Eleven thousand US Marines landed at Lunga Point, 7 August 1942, in order to capture
the airfield being constructed by the Imperial Japanese Navy before it could become operational, beginning the Guadalcanal Campaign.
Photo - USS New Orleans (CA-32) At Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, New South Wales. 29 December 1942. Bow view of the cruiser alongside the Sutherland wharf. She lost 150 feet of
her bow, including Turret #1, from torpedo damage sustained at the Battle of Tassafaronga. The torpedo caused her forward small arms and aircraft bomb magazines to explode. (Navsource)
Map - Location of wrecks in Iron Bottom Sound (Navsource)
|Ohio Barge Co. Towboat Lunga Point underway on th Ohio River with a tow, circa 1954-1968.
University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
There is no history available for Lunga Point at NavSource