She was built in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A. by the Bethlehem Steel Company for the United States Lines. She entered service as American Contender and sailed as such only until 1966. At that time she was renamed Pioneer Contender and continued to serve the United States Line. On November 10th, 1981 she laid up at San Fransisco, California and she was subsequently transferred to the United States Reserve fleet along with many other 1960s built general cargo ships. She was held at the James River, Virgina reserve fleet until early in 1988.
During January of 1988 Pioneer Contender and her sistership Pioneer Moon were sold for scrapping. After a long tow across the Pacific Ocean Pioneer Contender arrived at Kaohsiung, China on March 25. By April 8th, she had been run ahore on the scrapping beach and workers of the Shiong Yek Steel Corporation began slicing her up for scrap.
Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the Fairplay Internet Ship Register
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