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USNS Furman (T-AK-280)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Quebec - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Furman Class Cargo Ship::
Laid down, 23 January 1945, as SS Furman Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 174) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 6 March 1945
Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 19 April 1945 for operation under a General Agency Agreement contract by Northland Transportation Co.
Chartered by American President Lines, 26 June 1946
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., 4 November 1948
Chartered by American President Lines, 11 August 1950
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 11 September 1953
Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and acquired by the US Navy, 18 September 1963
Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Furman (T-AK-280)
Laid up in temporary custody of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 22 October 1986
Struck from the Naval Register 1993
Permanent custody acquired by the MARAD, 22 July 1993
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 14,900 t.(fl)
Length 436' 6"
Draft 28' 1"
Speed 17 kts.
Complement 52 (est)
Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp
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||USNS Furman (T-AK-280) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from MSTS Mariner magazine
|Carl R Friberg Jr
||USNS Furman (T-AK-280) alongside USS Proteus
(AS-19) at at Polaris Point, Apra Harbor, Guam, 4 September 1965.
||US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Left to right;
USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642),
USS Hunley (AS-31)
USNS Furman (T-AK-280),
USS Proteus (AS-19) and
USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) The two submarines are receiving regular routine maintenance and upkeep. Hunley is in the process of relieving Proteus, and Furman is providing both tenders with spare parts and groceries on her regular monthly trip Guam. Hunley will be in Guam for about five months while Proteus is in overhaul at the Ship Repair Facility, Guam. The background shows the peninsula of Polaris Point.
Photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1968.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USNS Furman (T-AK-280) moored at Ford Island, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., in January 1969.
There is no DANFS history available for USNS Furman (T-AK-280) at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
SS Furman Victory AK-280
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 3 June 2020
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