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T-AF-53 Grommet Reefer


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Grommet Reefer Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1944, as MV Kenneth E. Gruennert a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2243) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Riverside Yard, Duluth, MN.
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 9 December 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950, and placed in service by MSTS as USNS Grommet Reefer (T-AF-53)
  • Ran aground, off Leghorn Italy, 15 December 1952, and broke in half, stern sunk, cargo and bow salvaged
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, bow section transferred to MARAD, 23 July 1953 for disposition
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21'
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Complement 40 civilian mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller, 1,700shp

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    Grommet Reefer 50k Grommet Reefer (T-AF-53) pierside, date and place unknown.
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    Stanley C. Svec
    Grommet Reefer 50k Grommet Reefer (T-AF-53) "spilt in two, rests on rocks 300 yards off Leghorn, Italy, with 37 cold and weary seamen still aboard the stern section (right) after three others were removed by breeches buoy. Rescue line parted after only three were taken off. Ship was driven on rocks by winds of gale force. Bow section, with no one aboard, is breaking up, but stern remains afloat and watertight. Cargo includes 17776 tons of perishable food including Christmas turkeys for GIs in Italy and Austria."
    Quoted from Associated Press Wirephoto caption.
    Stanley C. Svec

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