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See also : Esso Trenton (II)
Build in 1941 as "Esso Trenton (II)", commissioned by the Navy as "USS Chicopee (AO 34)", returned to
Standard Oil Co. and renamed "Esso Chattanooga", sold in 1963, stern and aftship where cut off and
the midship section was used to rebuild and to convert the "Henry M. Dawes", ex. "Signal Hills" to
the SS Guadalupe". Further details see, below.
( News Paper photo )
Completed by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, CA in February 1945 as the T2 tanker S/S "Signal Hills",
yard hull number 72, Maritime Commission hull number 1848. 1948: renamed "Henry M. Dawes". June 1963,
midship section replaced by Alabama DD & SB Co., Mobile AL, with midship section of "Esso Chattanooga"
(ex-"Esso Trenton", 1941, 10,096 GRT). Renamed "Guadalupe" (measurements: 525 ft 5 in oa x 68 ft,
10,380 GRT, 16,660 DWT). April 1973, arrived at Castellon for scrapping. Apparently, she survived the
scrappers torch to be modified again, and is currently in service with new tonnages of 16,329 GRT,
ESSO TRENTON - 1941 USA 1 ST (aft) (15½)
10,013 GRT for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del., 503.9 x 68.3
Tanker built by Sun SB. & DD. Co., Chester, Pa. (12) #218, 241220
1942 - CHICOPEE, U. S. Navy (AO-34)
1946 - U. S. Maritime Commission
1947 - ESSO CHATTANOOGA, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
1950 - Esso Shipping Co., Wilmington, Del.
1962 - SAN FRANCISCO, Sea-Land Service, Inc., Wilmington, Del. - conv. to container ship - midbody
replaced and lengthened and widened 16,401 grt, 607.0 x 78.0', old midbody fitted to the GUADALUPE
1964 - Litton Industries Leasing Corp., Wilmington, Del. [Sea-Land Service, Inc.]
Dismantled in Japan 1978, bow and machinery sections scrapped, midbody built in 1962 used in
construction of m/v SEA-LAND ADVENTURER
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "ESSO TRENTON"
1942 CHICOPEE - 1947 ESSO CHATTANOOGA - 1962 SAN FRANCISCO -
[ 1963 converted to containership with new midbody, Lg & widened 192.1/185.1 x 23.8m, 16401grt/15770dwt ]
Scrapped at Japan 1978 (midbody used in building SEA-LAND ADVENTURER.