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USNS Vela (T-AK-89)
USAPRS Joe. C. Specker (1945 - 1947)
Vela (AK-89) (1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
Originally designated MV Charles A. Ranlett, a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull to be built under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 652) at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
Renamed Vela (AK-89), 30 October 1942, by US Navy
Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the US Navy, 1 January 1943
Laid down, 5 June 1944
Launched, 15 January 1945
Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, 17 January 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 February 1945
Allocated to the US Army Corp of Engineers
Completed as a Port Rehabilitation vessel and renamed USAPRS Joe C. Specker, date unknown
Declared surplus by the US Army, returned to the Maritime Commission, 27 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Transferred to the Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 11 June 1952
Placed in service as USNS Vela (T-AK-89), 12 June 1952
Placed out of service, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 January 1971, to Hierros Ardes, S.A., Spain, c/o Boston Metals, (MARAD sale PD-X-888, dated 23 November 1970) in a four ship deal) for $267,070.00
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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|USAPRS Joe C. Specker
||USAPRS Joe C. Specker at anchor, location unknown. Bow horns for lifting diving and salvage equipment, and plenty of machine shops ultimately made these ships useful to the Army.
US Navy photo from the U.S. Naval Institute.
Photo and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover.
|USNS Vela (T-AK-89)
||USNS Vela (T-AK-89) underway circa mid-1950s in MSTS service. She was similar in appearance to
USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87), except that her Army cathead had been removed.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USNS Vela (T-AK-89) / USAPRS Joe. C. Specker
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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