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Lunga Point


Towboat:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1016 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 52'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    Propulsion
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two propellers

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    Lunga Point
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    447k
    Namesake
    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)
    Tommy Trampp
    Lunga Point
    303021601
    103k 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
    John Spivey

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