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Photo Details
Photographer:William C. Daugherty [View profile]Title:American RacerAdded:Aug 01, 2007
Location:San Francisco, United States
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1960-1969 (Over 3000gt)
SS American Racer of United States Lines underway on the San Francisco Bay during December, 1976. More current info. & pictures are here: Property Management and Archive Record System - PMARS
Vessel Identification
Name:American Racer
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:11,202 tons
Summer DWT:13,477 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1964
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Dusty Dog on Aug 30, 2019 20:25 (1 year ago)
It took me awhile but I have some interesting info on the American Racer Ship while it was being used to transport Ammo to Vietnam in 1969. My Dad was a MSgt in the AF stationed at Oakland. His job was to monitor the cargo going over to Vietnam. I have documentation of some awards he won for that effort. The main thing I have is a blueprint or mimeograph of the cargo the American Racer was loaded with. It is a side view of the ship that takes up 8 big folded pages. It has the detail of what kind of ammo, where, how much the before and after weight, how it sat in the water before and after and all kinds of other details. Anybody interested in that document. Could I post it on this site. I would have to scan that somehow. Or just a HQ picture. Let me know. Mr Daugherty, you are the big wheel ship photo guy in the Bay Area right. Mabe I'll bring it down there to the Presideo when I visit my Dad and give it to you if you want it. You deserve it. It is kinda cool the way it has bombs and 50 Cal annotated amoung others. This was a big deal for all of the ountry in every way. Thaousands of people invloved.
Walldog on Feb 20, 2011 08:56 (10 years ago)
I have a picture of her coming into the Brownsville ship channel on January 20, 2011. Heading for the Port of Brownsville to be wrecked. I will try to figure out how to post the pictures I have.
diabloii4651 on Jan 22, 2011 02:50 (10 years ago)
I seen her today 01/21/2011 being towed by Soth Padre Island. I think she was going into the scrap yard.
Avery Boyer on Jan 13, 2008 22:11 (13 years ago)
American Racer is currently in possession of the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) and her fate is uncertain.
BWDiesel on Jun 18, 2007 22:52 (14 years ago)
this class was the fastest built at the time with a significant amount of steam plant automation with automated boiler oil burners, bridge control of steam turbines, self-starting and stopping of steam driven generators.

all have been recently scrapped
William C. Daugherty on May 22, 2007 08:04 (14 years ago)
She was part of "Operation Frequent Wind", the final evacuation of Vietnam in 1975. I also understand that these were the first automated U.S. merchant ships. Does anybody know anything more of this ship or her sisters (American Reliance, Rover, Resolute or Ranger)? Probably no detail would be too uninteresting.
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