Grand Ranger

Costa Rica,Caribbean

USS Typhoon was a Liberty ship laid down by Moore Drydock Company in Oakland. She was launched in 1943 as a troop transport for US Navy in the Pacific. She survived second world war two unharmed and was sold in 1948 to a civilian company. She changed both name and owners several times during her career, before she sailed as Grand Ranger from early 1970. She ran aground at Cabo Blanco 14. June 1971 and was written of as a total loss and abandoned. For decades the wreck was visible from the surface, but is now broken down and submerged. Wreck debris and mechanical parts can be seen on the surface and down to a depth of 20 meters. Her remains rest inside the protected area at Cabo Blanco National Reserve Park at Playa Balsitas.

Former names:
Grand Ranger
USS Typhoon, Mobilian, Ocean Joyce, Overseas Joyce,
Sapphire Sandy, Richwood
139,9 x 19,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6108 grt
Oakland ( US ) 1945
( US )

Picture: Ocean Joyce
Courtesy of Paul Davies

Last updated: January 2021