Captain Lemos - Piraeus, Greece

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The 1943-built 10,572-dwt, 7,176-grt Liberty type general cargo ship Captain Lemos is seen in this photograph while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the morning hours of a day in 1965. At the time the picture was taken she was sailing southbound in the canal and was approaching lock 4 west in Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

She was built in 1943 at the California Shipbuilding Corporation drydock in Los Angeles, California for the United States Maritime Commission. She was built at hull #229 of the 306 Liberty ships that were built at the California yard and she entered service for the Maritime Commission in August of 1943 as Arthur P. Davis. She sailed through the remainder of World War II and laid up following the end of hostilities until being sold into the private merchant marine in 1947. Following that sale she was renamed North Valley and in 1950 she was again sold and renamed Andre.

10 years of service followed for the ship and in 1960 she was sold to the Marero Compania Naviera Company Ltd. of Panama, renamed Captain Lemos and re-registered out of Piraeus, Greece. She sailed for an additional 8 years before she finally became a victim of her own age. In May of 1968 she was sold for scrapping at Shanghai, China.

Information courtesy The American Bureau of Shipping, The Liberty Ships by L.A. Sawyer & W.H. Mitchell

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Posted: November 25, 2002       Last Revised: November 25, 2002
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