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Wolf Creek
See also : For heroism beyond the line of duty.

T2-SE-A1
Built May 1944 by The Kaiser Company, Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon,
as "Wolf Creek" # 1922, for U.M.S.C.
1947 - Panama Oceanic Lines, Inc., Panama, [Stavros S. Niarchos], PA
1956 - WORLD TOIL, Statel Cia. de Vapores S.A., Panama,  [do.]
1961 - WORLD CENTURION, s/o, converted to bulk carrier and lengthened by replacement of cargo
section with new mid-body built by Chantiers Réunis Loire-Normandie, Grand Quevilly,
 resulting vessel 13,005 grt, 556.5' x 75.0' delivered 03/1961
1965 - IRENE,  Alexandra Navigation Corp., Ltd., Panama  [W. H. Eddie Hsu, Taipei]
1967 - TAILEE, Eddie Steamship Co., Ltd., Keelung, [do.], TW
Broken up at Kaohsiung 1977 by Hwa Eng Copper & Iron Works Co., Ltd.,
arrived  prior 11.05.1977, work began 05.09.1977.
( See photos below )

The Miramar Ship Index for "WOLF CREEK"
IDNo:
2245700
Year:
1944
Name:
WOLF CREEK
Launch Date:
29.04.1944
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
05.1944
Flag:
USA
Keel:

Tons:
10448
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
65
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Kaiser
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Swan Island
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
1956 WORLD TOIL - [ 1961 Lg & widened 13005 grt & converted to bulk carrier ] -
1961 WORLD CENTURION - 1965 IRENE - 1967 TAILEE

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Kaohsiung 11.05.1977.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
245700
2245700
1944
WOLF CREEK
10448
U.S. Govt
2245700
1944
WORLD TOIL
10448
1956
S.S. Niarchos
2245700
1944
WORLD CENTURION
13005
1961
S.S. Niarchos
2245700
1944
IRENE
13005
1965
W.H. Eddie Hsu
2245700
1944
TAILEE
13005
1967
W.H. Eddie Hsu

 
"Wolf Creek".

 
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

 
"World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek".
( Photo collection Clive A. Fisher )
 
"World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek", at Tenerife, April 19th, 1954.
( Photo collection Juan A. Padron )
 
"World Centurion", ex. "World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek".
( Photo Copyright Walter E. Frost )
 "Irene", ex. "World Centurion", ex. "World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek".
( Photo Collection Harry Stott )
 
"Irene", ex. "World Centurion", ex. "World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek".
( Photo Copyright David Boone )
 
"Tailee", ex. "Irene", ex. "World Centurion", ex. "World Toil", ex. "Wolf Creek".