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Built July 1945 by The Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, California,
as "Wheeler Hills" # 2541, for U.M.S.C.
1945: “Wheeler Hills”, U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco.
1947 "Esso Rotterdam", Petroleum Industrie Mij., 's Gravenhage.
1952 "Esso Rotterdam", Esso Tankvaart Mij., 's Gravenhage.
1959 Renamed "Pheaton", Comet Shipping Co. S.A. (C.M. Lemos & Co., Monrovia).
1960 Converted to a converted to a bulk carrier. New midship section built by Netherlands Dock & SB Co.,
Amsterdam (measurements: 570 ft oa x 75 ft, 15005 GRT, 23,000 DWT)
1974 “PYRAMID VETERAN”, Creole Shipping Ltd., Nassau.
1977 “CAT No. I”, F.B.V. Corporation (Bahama's) Ltd., Nassau.
01.1979: Scrapped at New Orleans.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "WHEELER HILLS"
IDNo:
2248398
Year:
1945
Name:
WHEELER HILLS
Launch Date:
14.07.1945
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
07.1945
Flag:
USA
Keel:

DWT:
16613
Yard No:
87
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Marinship Corp
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sausalito
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
1947 ESSO ROTTERDAM - 1959 PHAETHON -
[ 1960 Lg & widened 15005 grt & coverted to bulk carrier ] -
1974 PYRAMID VETERAN - 1977 CAT No.1

Disposal Data:
Scarpped at Brownsville 18.04.1978.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
248398
2248398
1945
WHEELER HILLS
10441
U.S.Govt
2248398
1945
ESSO ROTTERDAM
10441
1947
Petroleum Industrie Mij
1661
2248398
1945
PHAETHON
15005
1959
C.M.Lemos & Co
2248398
1945
PYRAMID VETERAN
15005
1974
Pyramid Ventures
2248398
1945
CAT No.1
15005
1977
F.B.Vicknair

S. S. Wheeler Hills, Tanker, hull #87, keel laid 5/28/45, launched June 14, 1945 Sponsor: Mrs. P. R. Quick; matron of honor Mrs. George Clark. In private operation as ore carrier under Greek flag and renamed "Phaeton" in October, 1960. 1960 - bulk carrier "Amsterdam".

“Wheeler Hills”.
 
"Esso Rotterdam", ex. “Wheeler Hills”.
"Esso Rotterdam", ex. “Wheeler Hills”.
"Esso Rotterdam", ex. “Wheeler Hills”.
"Esso Rotterdam", ex. “Wheeler Hills”.
 "Pheaton", ex. "Esso Rotterdam", ex. "Wheeler Hills”, rebuild as a Bulk carrier.
 "Pheaton", ex. "Esso Rotterdam", ex. "Wheeler Hills”.
 
"Pheaton", ex. "Esso Rotterdam", ex. "Wheeler Hills”..
 
"Pheaton", ex. "Esso Rotterdam ", ex. "Wheeler Hills".
( Photo Copyright Walter E. Frost )
 
"Pheaton", ex. "Esso Rotterdam", ex. "Wheeler Hills".
( Photo Copyright Walter E. Frost )
 
"Pyramid Veteran" ex. "Pheathon" ex. "Esso Rotterdam" ex. “Wheeler Hills”.