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Re: SS Permanente
Posted by Steve Gilford on September 8, 2012, 11:56 pm, in reply to "Re: SS Permanente
The Ancon was purchased by industrialist and cement manufacturer, Henry Kaiser in the late nineteen thirties and was refitted to carry bulk cement to the Pacific from his port facilities in Redwood City, CA. I believe the Ancon, now the SS Permanente (Kaiser's cement company was called Permanente)was dockside in Pearl Harbor on the day of the Japanese attack and was unharmed as were the silos filled with Kaiser's Permanente cement on shore. Rebuilding was able to begin immediately after the attack because much of there materials needed to begin were already on the island. As US forces moved across the Pacific carrying the war closer and closer to Japan, the Permanente and another old freighter purchased by Kaiser, shuttled after them providing the cement needed to build airfields and harbors.
The Permanente Silverbow was a later addition to the kaiser Fleet. She was a Victory ship launched, I think, in 1944. Kaiser had her refitted to carry bulk cement. She was bigger and faster than the Permanente.
Neither ship has escaped the ship breakers.