Coastal Currents: SS Donbass

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 @ noon /


"The aft section, also still afloat, was towed to Seattle for scrapping. It was sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., when it was learned that the engineering section was intact and operational. PG&E had the hulk towed to Eureka, CA and beached where it served as a power plant.

The GE steam turbine-generator provided close to 5 Megawatts of electrical power to post-war Eureka. About ten years later, the hulk was dismantled as a new power plant had come on line to replace her. The turbine continued to serve in one capacity or another until 1963."