Vessel name on Arrival: Marion McKinley Bovard
Original Builder: California Shipbuilding Corporation, Terminal Island, Los Angeles
Original Yard No: 90
Official Number: 242517
Vessel Type: Cargo
Year Built: 1941
Arrival Date: 04/11/1960
Breakup Started: 05/11/1960
Date First Beached: 06/02/1961
Date Breakup Completed: 08/06/1961
Draught For’d: 06' 03"
Draught Aft: 11' 06"
Cargo-ship for the U.S. Government.
She was named after the first President of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
04-10-1942 : Keel Laid Down
05-11-1942 : Launched
24-11-1942 : Delivered
Steam engine by Messrs Filer & Stowell Company, Engineers, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
During WWII, the vessel and crew were awarded 'Battle Stars' for the following :
+ Sicilian Occupation : 9th – 15th July 1943
+ Convoy UGS-36 : 1st April 1944
+ Invasion of Southern France : 15th August – 25th September 1944