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USAPRS Arthur C. Ely
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
Authorized as a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, assigned the name Symmes Potter
Re-named Tucana (AK-88) by US Navy, 30 October 1942
Laid down, 24 April 1944, as Tucana (AK-88) 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 Transportation Service
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 September 1944
Allocated to the US Army Corp of Engineers
Renamed USAPRS Arthur C. Ely, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed crica June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Arthur C. Ely operated in European ports as a Corp of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
Decommissioned by the US Army, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 September 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sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc., (PD-X-687, dated 11 February 1965), for $28,011.91, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet,
14 April 1965
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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Tucana (AK-88) / USAPRS Arthur C. Ely
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 15 February 2019
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