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"Groveton", after her launch.
 "David McKelvy", ex "Groveton".
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 "Midlake", ex. "Midland", ex. "David McKelvy", ex "Groveton", before rebuilding.
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"Midlake", ex. "Midland", ex. "David McKelvy", ex "Groveton", after rebuilt.
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History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 445. UMSC No. 1754. Official nr. 246355.
Keel laid 05-05-1944. Launched 15-08-1944. Completed 30-08-1944. Gr. 10297 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.
GROVETON-1944 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
DAVID McKELVY-1947 for Tide Water Associated Oil Company Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
DAVID McKELVY-1957 for Tide Water Oil Company Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
MIDLAND-1962 for Clearwater Shipping Corporation, Marine Carriers Corporation, New York, USA.
MIDLAKE-1966 for York Agents Inc., American Bulk Carriers Inc., New York, USA.
MIDLAKE-1970 for Nav Nevgas S.A., Panama .
BENITA-1974 for Navegacion Benita S.A., Ofer Shipping Ltd., Panama.
Additional Reports:
Reported Midlake lengthened in 1967 by Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Avondale, La.,by replacing forebody with section discarded from s/t ISARA -built by Chant. de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France 1958,
New Dimensions 198.1 / 191.7 x 25.8 m, 19513 grt / 34780 dwt.
Reported Benita sold to shipbreakers in Spain. Arrived Burriana Mar. 1976 to be broken up, work began in Mar. 1976. [ By Industrial Y Comercial de Levante S.A. ]