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Fort Cornwallis
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
"Esso Parkersburg" ex "Fort Cornwallis" (1944-1946) seen in drydock 1946.
"Esso Parkersburg" ex "Fort Cornwallis".
 "Parkersburg", ex. "Esso Parkersburg" ex "Fort Cornwallis" location and date unknown.
"Marine Eagle", ex. "Parkersburg", ex. "Esso Parkersburg" ex "Fort Cornwallis", after convertion to chemical tanker, on the Mississippi River 1979.
( Photo Copyright Rudi Rabe )

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 410. UMSC No. 1731. Official nr. 245595.
Keel laid 30-12-1943. Launched 12-04-1944. Completed 27-04-1944. Gr. 10317 t., Net. 6236 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,31 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
FORT CORNWALLIS-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
ESSO PARKERSBURG-1946 for Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
ESSO PARKERSBURG-1950 for Esso Shipping Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
PARKERSBURG-1955 for transferred to MARAD (trade-in program), 5 October.
PARKERSBURG-1956 Renamed Parkersburg, October.
T-AO-163 PARKERSBURG-1956 Transferred to US Navy, 21 December, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Parkersburg (T-AO-163).
T-AO-163 PARKERSBURG-1957 Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 27 September.
T-AO-163 PARKERSBURG-1957 Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown.
PARKERSBURG-1968 Title transferred to Marine Transportation Line, 5 December (Exchange Program).
MARINE EAGLE-1968 for Marine Chemical Carrier Corp., Delaware, USA.
MARINE EAGLE-1978 for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company Inc., Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Marine Eagle lengthened and converted in 1969 into chemical tanker for anhydrous ammonia and lengthened by replacement of bow and cargo section with new forebody built by Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Norfolk, Virginia. Delivered Apr. 1969.
New Dimensions 187.4 / 178.5 x 24.4 m, 15883 grt / 26438 dwt.
Reported Marine Eagle sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 12 Nov.1984 to be broken up. [ By Chi Shun Hwa Steel Co., Ltd. ]