American Victory was built in 1942, is 730 feet long and flies a U.S. flag
Pioneer Challenger: 1961-1962
American Victory: 2006-2018
On July 30, 2018 she left Montreal under tow, destined for an Aliaga, Turkey scrapyard.
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.|
|Picture above taken Wednesday, April 23, 2008; below on August 26, 2008|
|Picture above taken August 14, 2007; pictures below taken Sunday, December 9, 2007|
|Picture above taken June 10, 2006; the three below taken Thursday, June 22, 2006|