Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 65. UMSC No. 1922 Off. nr. 245700.
Keel laid 11-03-1944. Launched 29-04-1944. Completed 31-05-1944. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6285 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 8,99 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
WOLF CREEK-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA.
WOLF CREEK-1947 for Panama Oceanic Lines Inc., Panama.
WORLD TOIL-1956 for Statel Compania de Vapores S.A., Panama.
WORLD CENTURION-1961 for Statel Compania de Vapores S.A., Panama.
IRENE-1965 for Alexandra Navigation Corporation Ltd., Panama.
TAILEE-1967 for Eddie Steamship Company Ltd., Keelung, Taiwan.
Reported World Centurion lengthened, widened and converted into bulk carrier in 1961 by replacement of cargo section with new mid-body built by Chantiers Reunies Loire Normandy.
Delivered Mar. 1961.
New dimensions, 4 Holds, 7 Hatches: 9,5 9,0 7,5 7,5 9,0 9,0 9,0 x 10,7 m. 174,3 / 168,1 x 22.9 m., 13005 grt / 23150 dwt.
Reported Tailee sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 11 May 1977 to be broken up. Work began 05 Sep. 1977. [ By Hwa Engineering Copper & Iron Works ]
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in Presenting the Merchant Marine
Distinguished Service Medal to :
Sigmond Charles Krolikowski* - Master of SS Wolf Creek 09/45
For heroism beyond the line of duty.
The tanker Wolf Creek, under command of Captain Krolikowski, completed discharging high octane gasoline at Sydney, Australia, in September 1945. In order to operate necessary valves for clearing the gasoline hose, the First Pumpman descended to the lower grating in the pumproom and was immediately overcome by dangerous fumes. With great difficulty he was brought on deck and revived. After obtaining a fresh air breathing apparatus, the First Pumpman again descended to the pumproom and again was
overcome by fumes. On this occasion, a Quartermaster, with oxygen breathing apparatus descended to the lower grating and carried the unconscious man to the upper grating, where he, himself, seemed about to collapse. The Master, who was watching, immediately went to assist him with no gas mask, no life line and no thought of his own safety. He and the Quartermaster both collapsed. Finally, after strenuous efforts, all three men were brought on deck and given artificial respiration. The Master, alone, failed to revive.
Captain Krolikowski's instructive effort to aid crew members in peril, resulting in the sacrifice of his own life, constitutes a degree of heroism in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine.
For the President,
Admiral Emory Scott Land