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USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Sierra - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) was transferred to Turkey, renamed TCG Çanadarli (A-588)
Silas Bent Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 December 1964, at Christy Marine Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 20 November 1965
  • Delivered to the Navy, 19 May 1967
  • Placed in service, 26 May 1967, by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27)
  • Placed out of service, 14 March 2001, in Malaysia
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 March 2001
  • Sold (cash sale) under the Security Assistance Program to Turkey, 14 March 2001, renamed TCG Çanadarli (A-588)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,935 t.(lt) 2,580 t.(fl)
    Length 285' 3"
    Beam 48'
    Draft 15
    Speed 15 kts.
    44 crew
    26 scientific party
    ALCO diesels
    Allis-Chalmers electric drive
    single propeller SHP approx.3000

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    USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27)
    Kane 265k

    Elisha Kent Kane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 3 February 1820. Though weakened by rheumatic fever as a youth, he was educated as a physician at the University of Pennsylvania and, in July 1843, was appointed an Assistant Surgeon in the United States Navy. In 1844, prior to taking up his duties, Kane sailed to China as part of a U.S. diplomatic mission. His later Navy assignments involved cruises off Africa, in the Mediterranean Sea and off South America. In 1847 he undertook a daring courier mission to Mexico City, traveling through hostile territory, and surviving severe battle wounds.
    In 1850-1851, Kane was surgeon and official historian for the DeHaven expedition, sent to the Canadian Arctic in the brigs Advance and Rescue to look for possible survivors of Sir John Franklin's exploring party. A second expedition sailed in the Advance in late May 1853, with the same object and with Kane as leader. Frozen in between Greenland and Canada, Kane and his men endured more than two years of hardship and an arduous journey over ice and open water to Upernavik, Greenland. Hailed as a hero upon his return to the U.S., Kane undertook a program of writing and lectures. After his health failed during a trip to England in the Fall of 1856, he went to Cuba in search of recovery. However his condition became worse and Elisha Kent Kane died in Havana on 16 February 1857.
    US Navy Photo # NH 59607
    Assistant Surgeon Elisha Kent Kane, USN (1820-1857)
    Engraving by T. Pillsbrown, after an 1850s daguerreotype by Brady
    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph
    Bill Gonyo
    Kane 65k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) being side launched, 20 November 1965, at Christy Marine Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    UPI Telephoto
    Tommy Trampp
    Kane 42k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) on the Anacostia River at Washington, D.C., May 1967 Photo by Ramon Jackson
    Kane 53k
    Kane 24k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Oceanographer of the Navy
    Kane 36k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the US Naval Hydrographer's Office.
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret
    Kane 81k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret. and Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Kane 46k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) underway, September 1972, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Kane 589k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) moored in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 28 April 1987. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Kane 208k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) moored in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 27 May 1987. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Kane 212k USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27), US Naval Oceanographic Office commemorative coin Tommy Trampp
    TCG Çanadarli (A-588)
    Elisha Kent Kane 265k Ex-USNS Elisha Kent Kant (T-AGS-27) in Turkish naval service as TCG Çanadarli (A-588) moored, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy Retired

    USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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