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USAPRS Richard R. Arnold
Nashira (AK-85)

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 the same day
  • Completed as a Port Rehabilitation vessel and renamed USAPRS Richard R. Arnold
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1944
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 17 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Sold, 3 March 1965 to Kelbar Inc., Midland Tx., for conversion to a drilling ship at Tacoma, WA., (PD-X-687 dated 11 February 1965) for $31,151.00. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 29 March 1965
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown

    Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 10"
    Beam 42' 6"
    Draft 20' 9"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 83
    Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Propulsion diesel, single shaft, 1,300shp

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