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 "Bear Paw". Starboard side view of ship anchored. October 10th, 1944.
( Photo US Coast Guard )
 "Bear Paw" just after the war.
 "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw", sadly not a sharp photo.
( Photo thanks to H. Larsson-Fedde )
"Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
( Photo thanks to Jorgen Lonn )
"Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
( Cpoyright Photo W.S.S. )
"Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
"Wildura", ex. "Wilpower", ex. "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
Seen anchored off Novorossisk at the end of December 1965 from ST London Tradition. I'd always thought this was a photo
of what was then a modern ship however what I found out about her was amazing. She started life in 1944 as a T2 Tanker,
"Bear Paw" for the U.S. War Shipping Admin
( Photo Copyright David Meare )
"Wildura", ex. "Wilpower", ex. "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw", at Oslo.
( Photo Copyright Bård Kolltveits )
"Wildura", ex. "Wilpower", ex. "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
"Wildura", ex. "Wilpower", ex. "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".
"Wildura", ex. "Wilpower", ex. "Wilchief", ex. "Bear Paw".

History :
Built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Alabama.
Yardnumber 293. UMSC No. 1501. Off. nr. 245694.
Keel laid 20-01-1944. Launched 25-04-1944. Completed 30-05-1944. Gr. 10172 t., Net. 6423 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 11,93 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
BEAR PAW-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Mobile, Alabama, USA.
WILCHIEF-1960 for Skips A/s Awilco, Anders Wilhelmsen, Oslo, Norway.
WILPOWER-1963 for Skips A/s Awilco, Anders Wilhelmsen, Oslo, Norway.
WILDURA-1968 for Skips A/s Awilco, Anders Wilhelmsen, Oslo, Norway.
WINDSOR-1970 for Winco tankers Inc., Panama.
Additional Reports:
Reported Wildura lengthened, widened and converted into bulk carrier in 1963 by replacing bow and cargo section with new forebody built by Chantiers Reunies Loire Normandie, Grand Queville. Delivered Jan. 1963.
New dimensions 4 Holds, 4 Hatches: 10,7 18,2 18,2 18,7 x 11,4 m 173.1 / 166.1 x 23.9 m, 15966 grt / 24070 dwt.
Reported Windsor dismantled 1968-machinery section joined to forebody of tanker ABIQUA, re-named BEAR PAW, laid up at Mobile out of service until dismantled 1970, stern scrapped and forebody converted to a barge