PIONEER COMMANDER


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Year Built
1963
Official Number
290905
Shipyard
Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Division
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
MARAD Type
--
Ship Length
560.9 feet
Beam
75 feet
Mast Height
125.7 feet
Net Tons
6616 tons
Gross Tons
11105 tons
Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
31 tons
Draft, Lightweight
15 tons
Displacement, Summer
21053 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
7518 tons
Immersion, Summer
68 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
54 tons
Fate
Sold - Scrap

Historical Narrative



Vessel Name History 


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Vessel Name History

AMERICAN COMMANDER

PIONEER COMMANDER

Mission

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Milestones


Event Date Content
Ship Name Change
(No Date) Ship AMERICAN COMMANDER changes name to PIONEER COMMANDER
Arrival
3/25/1975 "On March 27, 1975, the sea evacuation of Danang began. Over the next several days, the Pioneer Commander, Pioneer Contender, American Challenger, Sgt. Andrew Miller, and several barge-pulling tugs arrived at the port"
Transfer
11/1/1980 "In November 1980, the Pioneer Commander was traded into the Maritime Administration and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) anchorage at Beaumont, Texas."
Acquisition
11/7/1980
Entry
5/14/1981
Interim Movement
1/31/1997 Under tow to BRF
Interim Movement
2/13/1997
Interim Movement
11/9/1998 Under tow to CBH Services in Orange TX
Interim Movement
11/9/1998 At CBH Services for repair & COI renewal
Interim Movement
1/5/1999 Under tow to BRF
Interim Movement
1/5/1999 Completed repairs and cargo gear testing
Downgrade
10/1/2001 It was downgraded to a non-retention vessel in October 2001

8/1/2006
Donation Hold
4/30/2009 Vessel placed on donation hold while being advertised for donation in the Federal Register.
Ship name change
5/29/2009
Cleared Historic Review
7/16/2009 Vessel was advertised for donation in the National Register but attracted no bidders.
Ship name change
8/6/2012
Withdrawal
9/19/2012 Vessel departed under domestic sale contract with Marine Metal, Inc. in Brownsville, TX.

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Documents


Date Type Name Download
4/6/2009 Pioneer_Commander_Memorandum_of_Agreement.pdf Default Generic Download Image

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