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USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) (1952 - 1959)
USPRS Marvin Lyle Thomas (1944 - 1952)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 24 January 1944, as MV Moses Pike, a Maritime Commission hull type (N3-M-A1) under Maritime Commission Contract (MC hull 650) at Penn Jersey-Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 9 July 1944
Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service, 18 July 1944
Allocated to the US Army Corp of Engineers
Renamed USAPRS Marvin Lyle Thomas, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Marvin Lyle Thomas served as a Corp of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
Returned by the Maritime Commission, 27 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Transferred to the US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 26 April 1952
Placed in service as USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87)
Placed out of service in 1959
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 February 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Permanent transfer to the Maritime Commission, 20 June 1961
Transferred by the Maritime Administration to the US Army, on loan, 12 April 1966, for use as a training vessel. renamed Resource
Returned to the Maritime Administration by the Army Department, 22 January 1976, laid up at Charleston, S.C.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 January 1976, to Andy International Inc. (PD-X-1002 dated 10 December 1975), for $158,999.00 (2 ship sale)
Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,200 t.(fl)
Length 269' 10"
Beam 42' 6"
Draft 20' 8"
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Bow Cathead Capacity 40 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 D.C.
two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 1,190shp
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| USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87)
||USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) under way circa the mid-1950s. Although she retains the Army cathead on the bow, she is shown here
serving MSTS as a small cargo ship. The two masts reflect the final rig of the class adopted by the Navy in September 1943 and fitted to
USS Enceladus (AK-80), but the built up hull sides from the forecastle to just before the bridge and the elaborate stern anchor date from the Army
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) at Port Lyautey, Morocco, 1958
||Carl R Friberg
||USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) under way, date and location unknown.
||USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) makes her way towards the port of Boston, 20 January 1956, after she rammed into a Texas Tower
platform during a resupply mission.
US Coast Guard movie clip from United Press
||USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) limps into her berth at East Boston, 21 January 1956, assisted by a tug. Sagitta collided with a Texas Tower radar island on 20 January 1956 during a re-supply operation. A hugh wave tossed the ship against the tower during unloading operations. No one was injured but the ship suffered a hole below her waterline.
| USAT Resource
||USAT Resource in use as an Army Reserve training ship at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, Florida, circa 1974. A press story
dated 13 September 1974 stated that she was soon to be taken under tow to St. Mary's, Georgia, her machinery being unserviceable although her deck and hull were in
Photo courtesy shipscribe.com.
USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) / USPRS Marvin Lyle Thomas / USAT Resource
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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 15 February 2019
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