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Fort Dearborn
T2-SE-A1
Built June 1943 by The Kaiser Company, Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon,
as "Fort Dearborn" # 805, for U.M.S.C.
Broke in two in bad weather, 12 March 1947, 800 miles NW of Honolulu, in about 36 N-168 W,
voyage San Francisco - Shanghai, fuel oil, forepart shelled and sunk, afterpart towed to Honolulu 9 April,
sold to Hilo Electric Light Co., and used as electric generating station,
Sold for scrapping 1951,
arrived Los Angeles 22.01.1952 in tow for scrapping at Terminal Island.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "FORT DEARBORN"
IDNo:
2243528
Year:
1943
Name:
FORT DEARBORN
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
7.05.1943
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
06.1943

Tons:
10448
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
13
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:
-

Disposal Data:
Broke in two 36.00 N/168.00 W on 12.03.1947, forepart scuttled & aft BU Terminal Island 22.01.1952

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
243528
2243528
1943
FORT DEARBORN
10448
-
U.S. Govt.

Text with photo, below.
Broken Tanker Being Towed To Honolulu
Honolulu - The stern section of the broken tanker S.S. "Fort Dearborn" is pictured here as it neared here under tow by the salvage tug "Tawakeni". Which experienced much difficulty in the heavy seas with broken tow lines. The "Fort Dearborn" several weeks ago split in two during a heavy storm in the Pacific.
Official US Navy photo.

Source : Ellensburg Daily Record, March 17, 1947.
Seamen From Broken Tanker - Feared Lost
HONOLULU. March 17. The Hawaiian sea frontier announced today that 22 men had been rescued from the severed stern of the
wrecked tanker Fort Dearborn.
The Navy amphibious command ship El Dorado transferred the men from the half-ship to the Navy patrol craft 902

HONOLULU. March 17. Nine aircraft prepared to take off from Midway today to search anew for 12 men missing in a lifeboat - and
feared beyond the reach of planes - while 22 other crewmen of the broken tanker Fort Dearbom rode out lashing seas halfway between Midway and Pearl Harbor.
Late reports from the Navy command ship El Dorado, escorting the tanker's stern section, said the half-ship with the 22 aboard was “steaming ahead safely, with stern to sea and wind." and with the storm subsiding.
The El Dorado said the men reported the bulkhead still intact and the stern seaworthy, despite battering by 45-knot winds and high seas, which had prevented their rescue.
Ten other Fort Dearborn crewmen, taken from the almost, awash bow section, were safely aboard the liner General W.H. Gordon, bound for San Francisco.
The bow and stern, broke apart in last Wednesday's storm 1,100 miles northwest of Honolulu.

Bow of the "Fort Dearborn", after breaking.
Bow of the "Fort Dearborn", after breaking.
Text with photo, below.
Log Beach, California - January 1952.
Half a ship towed from Honolulu
The stern section of the tanker "Fort Dearborn", nears port here at the end of a tow from Honolulu. A job that took 33 days and was discribed as one of them most difficult Pacific towing  jobs ever undertaken. The Ship broke in two 7800 miles form Oahu in 1946, but the stern section containing the power plant and 2,000 tons of scrapmetal survived and made Hilo, T.H., under her own power. It will be turned into scrap here.
( AP Wirephoto), 1952

 
"Fort Dearborn", and "Tawakoni".
 
Bow of the "Fort Dearborn", after breaking.