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USAT Resource
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USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87)
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USAT Marvin Lyle Thomas (1944 - 1952)


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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 War Department, 18 July 1944, renamed Marvin Lyle Thomas, used as a Port Rehabilitation Vessel
  • 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
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 January 1976, to Andy International Inc.
    Specifications:
    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
    Complement 83
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,940 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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)
    Sagitta 173k USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp and Carl R. Friberg
    Sagitta 145k USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) at Port Lyautey, Morocco, 1958 Carl R Friberg
    Sagitta 103k USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) underway, date and location unknown.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sagitta 57k 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
    Ron Reeves
    Sagitta 109k 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.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    USAT Resource
    Sagitta 163k 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 good shape.
    Photo courtesy shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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