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USAPRS Richard R. Arnold
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
Transferred from the Maritime Commission as MV Josiah Paul to the US Navy, 1 January 1943, prior to the start of construction
Renamed Nashira (AK-85), 30 October 1943
Laid down, 1 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 648), at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 23 April 1944
Delivered to the US Navy, 25 April 1944
Turned over to the US Army Transportation Corps. the same day
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1944
Allocated to the US Army Corp of Engineers
Renamed USAPRS Richard R. Arnold, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Richard R. Arnold served as a Corp of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 17 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Sold for scrapping, 11March 1965 to Kelbar Inc., Midland Tx. (PD-X-687 dated 11 February 1965) for $31,151.00, , withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 29 March 1965,
towed to Tacoma, WA for conversion to a drilling ship
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,200 t.(fl)
Length 269' 10"
Beam 42' 6"
Draft 20' 8"
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,175 DWT
non-refrigerated 115,873 Cu. ft.
Speed 10.25 kts
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
Diesel 1,940 Bbls
one Cooper Bessemer Diesel engine
Ship's Service Generators
three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 1,190shp
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Nashira (AK-85) / USAPRS Richard R. Arnold
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
United States Army in World War II - The Corps of Engineers: Troops and Equipment- Chapter XVII - Preparing to Reconstruct Ports
Last Updated 22 February 2019
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