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S.S. Anniston City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1954

Scrapped: 1958

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Atlanta City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1950

Scrapped: 1959

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S.S. Bantu

Built by:
Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd.
Newcastle, England
1901

Isthmian service: 1910-1929

Scrapped: 1930

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On a voyage from New Westminster to London, the vessel broke in two off the coast of Cornwall, near St. Ives, England.

S.S. Bessemer City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1936

Lost at sea.
All hands survived.
1 November 1936

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S.S. Birmingham City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1943

Sunk by a torpedo from U-124.
Ten lives lost.
8 January 1943

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S.S. Buenaventura

Built by:
Northumberland S.B. Co., Ltd.
Newcastle, England
1913

Isthmian service: 1913-1918

Sunk by a torpedo from U-129.
Fifteen lives lost.
16 September 1918

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S.S. Charlton Hall

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1907

Isthmian service: 1914-1929

Scrapped: 1934

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S.S. Chattanooga City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1943

Sunk by a torpedo from U-606.
All hands survived.
22 February 1943

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S.S. Chickasaw City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-172.
Seven lives lost.
7 October 1942

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S.S. Craster Hall

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1909

Isthmian service: 1914-1927

Lost after collision with SS Reginolite.
All hands survived.
Talara Point, Peru
19 June 1927

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S.S. Crofton Hall

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1913

Isthmian service: 1914-1933

Scrapped: 1957

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Photo courtesy of Tom Zombek 2007 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Ensley City

Kidderpore Dock, Calcutta
2-7 April 1937

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1946

Scrapped: 1964

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Photo courtesy of the Bullard family and Mike's son-in-law,
Capt. James T. Lay, Jr. 2006 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Fairfield City

Maurice "Mike" Lucian Bullard, Jr. is the Able Seaman in the photo, cica 1936.

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1942

Sunk by Luftwaffe bombers.
Eight lives lost.
5 July 1942

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S.S. Foxton Hall

Built by:
J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd.
Sunderland, UK
1902

Isthmian service: 1914-1914

Sunk after explosion and fire off Watling Island, on voyage Caleta Coloso to New York, with a cargo of nitrate. First Isthmian vessel to be lost at sea.
23 September 1914

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Click here to read about the 1942 bombing and sinking of the S.S. Raceland (Howick Hall) and the aftermath. The story is the kind contribution of Leif Myrhoej from Fejoe, Denmark. His uncle, Eskild Ditlev Lauth, was one of the crew, but, unfortunately, not one of the 12 survivors.

S.S. Howick Hall

New York City, circa 1914

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1910

Isthmian service: 1915-1929

Sunk by a Luftwaffe bomber.
Twenty-two lives lost.
28 March 1942

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S.S. Kentra

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1907

Isthmian service: 1911-1918

Lost due to stranding.
All hands survived.
Punta Cullin, Chile.
22 February 1918

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S.S. Knoxville City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-158.
Seven lives lost.
7 October 1942

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Photo courtesy of Naomi Washburn 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Memphis City

Shanghai, China
1926

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1947

Wrecked in the river Scheldt.
30 October 1947

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Mobile City

Docked in Philadelphia
1 October 1933

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1947

Scrapped: 1962

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Montgomery City

Docked in Philadelphia
6 August 1940

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1950

Scrapped: 1958

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S.S. San Francisco

Built by:
The North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Londonderry, Ireland
1914

Isthmian service: 1914-1933

Sunk by a torpedo from U-125.
Seventeen lives lost.
23 April 1942

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S.S. Santa Rosalia

Built by:
W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd.
Pt. Glasgow, Scotland
1911

Isthmian service: 1911-1929

Abandoned at sea.
18 February 1936

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Photo courtesy of Mike Hallack 2013 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Selma City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1942

Sunk by Japanese bombs.
6 April 1942

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S.S. Steel Admiral

Two World War II Battle Stars.
Was in Tokyo Bay, 2 Sept 1945, for the Surrender Ceremony.

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Advocate

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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S.S. Steel Age

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-129.
Thirty-four lives lost, one survivor.
6 March 1942

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Photo courtesy of Skip Lewis 2003 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Age

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1943

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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S.S. Steel Apprentice

Two World War II Battle Stars.
Was in Tokyo Bay, 2 Sept 1945, for the Surrender Ceremony.

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Architect

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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S.S. Steel Artisan

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1946-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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S.S. Steel Chemist

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1926

Isthmian service: 1926-1941

Scrapped: 1980

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Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Lahey 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Chemist

Four World War II Battle Stars.

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1943

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Designer

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Director

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Electrician

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1926

Isthmian service: 1926-1937

Scrapped: 1970

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S.S. Steel Engineer

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1947

Lost at sea, due to barratry.
2 December 1957

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M/V Steel Engineer

Built by:
A/B Oskarshamns Varv
Osk
1964

Isthmian service: 1969-1971

Scrapped: 1985

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S.S. Steel Executive

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Exporter

Docked in Philadelphia
20 Apr 1938

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1929

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Scrapped: 1947

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S.S. Steel Fabricator

Four World War II Battle Stars.

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1943

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1974

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Click here to see David A. Dent's photos and personal account of losing the Steel Flyer's rudder at sea.

S.S. Steel Flyer

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1943

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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Photo courtesy of George W. Morgan 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Inventor

Her last voyage.

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1954

Scrapped: 1954

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel King

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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S.S. Steel Maker

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of Thomas Renaghan 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Mariner

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1952

Scrapped: 1960

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S.S. Steel Navigator

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1942

Sunk by a torpedo from U-610.
Thirty-six lives lost.
19 October 1942

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S.S. Steel Navigator

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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S.S. Steel Ranger

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1954

Scrapped: 1954

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Photo courtesy of Skip Lewis 2003 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Recorder

Five World War II Battle Stars.

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1943

Isthmian service: 1947-1969

States Marine service: 1969-1971
as the S.S. Constitution State

Scrapped: 1971

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2003 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Rover

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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"My name is Mary I. Floyd, widow of K. Lawrence Floyd. We were passengers on the Steel Rover enroute to Indonesia the day we were fired on from somewhere? outside of Hong Kong. We were standing on deck with another passenger who was a State Dept. employee. We thought we were the targets in our white clothes. Our ship returned to Hong Kong and left the next day with a British Navy escort. We were carrying cargo of jeeps to Indo China, which we thought was the reason for the gunfire. Apparently they were just playing around, but made the mistake of firing on the British destroyer, which fired back and ended their fun! When we arrived in Saigon, we were escorted overhead and also had Foreign Legion soldiers on board the 4 hours (I think) up the river to Saigon. I am now 91 years old but that is a day I haven't forgotten!"

-- Mary Petty Floyd (27 September 2014)
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S.S. Steel Scientist

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-514.
One life lost.
11 October 1942

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S.S. Steel Scientist

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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S.S. Steel Seafarer

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1921

Isthmian service: 1921-1941

Sunk by a Luftwaffe bomb.
All hands survived.
5 September 1941

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S.S. Steel Seafarer

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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Photo courtesy of Captain Eugene Harrower 2003 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Surveyor

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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S.S. Steel Trader

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1945

Scrapped: 1947

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S.S. Steel Traveler

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1922

Isthmian service: 1922-1942

Sunk by a mine in the Schelde River.
Two lives lost.
18 December 1944

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Photo courtesy of Captain Tom Ellsworth 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Traveler

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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October 1971, nearing her demise on Loaita Bank Reef (near Spratly Island, South China Sea). Helicopter, from the British Aircraft Carrier HMS Eagle, evacuating the crew from the port wing of the bridge.

S.S. Steel Vendor

(See also S.S. Steelvendor below)

Built by:
Western Pipe & Steel Co.
San Francisco, CA
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Lost at sea due to stranding.
All hands survived.
7 October 1971

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S.S. Steel Voyager

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-952.
All hands survived.
23 September 1943

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S.S. Steel Voyager

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1944

Isthmian service: 1947-1973

Scrapped: 1973

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S.S. Steel Worker

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by a mine.
All hands survived.
3 June 1942

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Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steel Worker

Off Coney Island, Brooklyn
25 April 1970

Built by:
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.
Pascagoula, MS
1945

Isthmian service: 1947-1971

Scrapped: 1971

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S.S. Steelmaker

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by a torpedo from U-654.
One life lost.
19 April 1942

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S.S. Steelmotor

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1923

Isthmian service: 1937-1940

Discarded: 1963

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Photo courtesy of
Toronto Marine Historical Society 2016 - All rights reserved.

S.S. Steelvendor

(See also S.S. Steel Vendor above)

Built by:
Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
1923

Isthmian service: 1923-1941

Foundered in Lake Superior.
3 September 1942

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S.S. Tuscaloosa City

Built by:
Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
1920

Isthmian service: 1920-1942

Sunk by torpedoes from U-125.
All hands survived.
4 May 1942

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The information on this web site is the kind contribution of our Historian, Skip Lewis, 2003. Skip, whose dad sailed for Isthmian, is an avid collector and researcher of everything Isthmian and States Marine. In his quest, he has used many sources and publications including Lloyd's of London and Imperial Steel by John Atherton.

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