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USAPRS Arthur C. Ely
Tucana (AK-88)

Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 April 1944, as Symmes Potter, a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 651) at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 13 September 1944
  • Reassigned for delivery, 13 September 1944, to the US Army
  • Assigned to the US Army as USAPRS Arthur C. Ely a Port Rehabilitation vessel
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 September 1944
  • Never put into service, declared as surplus to the Navy's needs
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 August 1947, for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc., (PD-X-687, dated 11 February 1965), for $28,011.91, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 31 March 1965
    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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