American Victory

American Victory was built in 1942, is 730 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

Previous names:
Marquette: 1942-1942
Neshanic: 1942-1947
Gulfoil: 1947-1961
Pioneer Challenger: 1961-1962
Middletown: 1962-2006
American Victory: 2006-2018
Victo: 2018-2018

Icto: 2018-2018

On July 30, 2018 she left Montreal under tow, destined for an Aliaga, Turkey scrapyard.


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NOTE: At the end of 2017, the Adam E. Cornelius, American Victory, American Valor and the Buffalo were sold by American Steamship Company to Algoma Central.

The American Victory, formerly the Middletown, is one of the oldest and most historic boats on the Great Lakes. She was built as the Marquette in 1942 at Sparrows Point, Maryland. Later that same year, she became the Neshanic. During the Second World War the ship saw duty on both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean as a tanker. She is credited with shooting down an enemy aircraft and was also hit by a Japanese bomber while refueling a destroyer in the Pacific.

In 1947, she was renamed the Gulfoil when she was purchased by the Gulf Oil Company. In 1958, she was in a collision with another tanker and lost many of her crew members. Although heavily damaged, she was repaired, and converted to a Great Lakes bulk carrier called the Pioneer Challenger. In 1962, her name was changed to the hometown of the Armco Steel Company, Middletown, Ohio. In 2006, she was sold by Oglebay Norton to American Steamship and became the American Victory. Picture above taken Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
For an extended story when she was the Middletown, with many pictures and a video, go here
Above on February 13, 2012 and below on February 16, 2010, in long term layup at Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin.
2008
Picture above taken Wednesday, April 23, 2008; below on August 26, 2008
2007
Picture above taken August 14, 2007; pictures below taken Sunday, December 9, 2007
2006
Picture above  taken June 10, 2006; the three below taken Thursday, June 22, 2006