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Beacon Rock
"Beacon Rock".
On Feb 17, 1946 the Russian tanker "Donbass III", ex. "Beacon Rock", went aground 40 miles South of Adak.
16 men lost their lives 48 where rescued.
( Photo copyright Evgeny Lepke )
Red spot is Adak Island on the Aleutians.
Some, not very sharp, photos from several newspapers.
( All photos below, thanks to Sergey Grishcov, Moscov )
Fore part of the broken "Donbass III", with Russian freighter Belgorod, in the background.
 Aftership is being towed by another T2-tanker "Puente Hills" to Seattle.
Evgeni Lepke, second mate ( 1944-1946), the only one who was rescued from the fore part of the "Donbass III".
Well known, in the USSR, as a War Hero, escaped from a nazi prison of war camp, during WW II.
Died in 1989.
"Donbass III", after arrival in Los Angelos on March 1944.
( News paper photo )

History :
Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 84. UMSC No. 1941. Off. nr. 246377.
Keel laid 24-06-1944. Launched 08-08-1944. Completed 04-09-1944. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6285 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 8,99 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
BEACON ROCK-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA.
DONBASS III-1946 for Dal’ne Vostochnoye Gosudarstvyennoye Morskoye Parakhonstvo, Vladivostok, Russia.
Additional Reports:
Reported Donbass III stranded and broke in two near Adagha, Aleutians 17 Feb. 1946.
Voyage San Pedro – Vladivostok with pettrol. Both parts refloated and towed to Alaska, forepart broken up in USA. The stern section sold Oct. 1946 to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for service as floating power plant at Eureka, Calif., reported for sale in Apr. 1957.