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USAPRS Arthur C. Ely
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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sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc., (PD-X-687, dated 11 February 1965), for $28,011.91, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 31 March 1965
    Specifications:
    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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