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Montrolite (1) - (1923-1926)
"Montrolite (1)", seen here as "USS Marmora", as the Soviet tanker SS "Valerian Kuybyshev" at San Francisco, CA. circa 1943,
after having been transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease.
Note the Soviet flag and name displayed under the bridge.
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker: Built in 1918 as SS Montrolite, at American Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Chartered by Standard Oil of California, 22 April 1942
Transferred to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease program, 14 October 1942, named SS Valerian Kuybyshev
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Acquired by the Navy from WSA under bareboat charter, 13 December 1944
Commissioned, USS Marmora, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T. H., LT. Grant R. Olsen, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at Mobile, AL., delivered to War Shipping Administration, renamed SS J. S. Fitzsimmons
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Pinto Island Metals Co., 1 February 1947.
Displacement 14,000 t.(lim.)
Length 436' 6"
Beam 57' 2"
Draft 24' (lim.)
Speed 9 kts
Oil 76,300 Bbls
one single 5"/51 cal single purpose gun mount
one 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
NSFO 7,700 Bbls
one Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Co. Vertical triple-expansion steam engine
three single end Scotch boilers, 200psi Sat°
two recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,800shp
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
MONTROLITE - 1918, US, 1ST (aft)(10½)
6,835 grt for Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), New York, 419.6 x 57.2
Tanker build by Ames SB. Co., Seattle, Wash. , (8), #4, 216747
1922 - re-engined 1T
1923 - Imperial Oil, Ltd., Montreal, CA , 150708
1926 - J. C. FITZSIMMONS, Standard Oil Co. of California, San Francisco, US
1943 - VALERIAN KUIBYSHEV, U.S.S.R. (bareboat charter from U.S. War Shipping Admin.), RU
1944 - J. C. FITZSIMMONS, U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, US
12/1944 - MARMORA, U.S. Navy (IX-189) - station tanker
2/1946 - J. C. FITZSIMMONS, U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco
Sold Feb. 1947 to Pinto Island Metals Co., Mobile, Ala. and scrapped.
The Miramar Ship Index for "MONTROLITE"
1926 J.C. FITZSIMMONS - 1943 VALERIAN KUIBYSHEV -
1944 J.C. FITZSIMMONS - 1944 MARMORA -
1946 J.C. FITZSIMMONS
Scrapped at Mobile 02.1947.