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USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
International Radio Call Sign:
Mission Carmel (AO-113) (1947 - 1949)
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Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 1 January 1944, as SS Mission Carmel, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1815) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 28 March 1944
Delivered to Pacific Tankers, Inc., 17 May 1944, for operation under GAA agreement for the War Shipping Administration
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 April 1946, at Portland, OR., for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
Acquired by the Navy, 21 October 1947, designated Mission Carmel (AO-113) and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and Redesignated USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 25 October 1957
Title exchange 29 May 1967, to Sea-Land Service Inc.
Converted to a container ship and renamed SS Houston, 28 October 1967
Sold to Litton Industries Leasing Corp., 7 November 1967
Resold, 28 February 1975 to Reynolds Leasing Corp.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 September 1983, to Eastern Overseas Corp., scrapped in Spain
Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
17 US Navy Armed Guard
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 15,300DWT
Oil 120,400 Bbls
Gasoline 575,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,235 Bbls
one General Electric turbo-electric engine
two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 600psi 825°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 50Kw 450V A.C.
single propeller, 10,000shp
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|SS Mission Carmel
(War Shipping Administration)
||SS Mission Carmel under way in San Francisco Bay for builders trials, circa May 1944
US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113) while in service as the Sea-Land container carrier SS Houston under way on the Weser River departing Bremen, Germany in April 1968.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||Sea-Land container carrier SS Houston under way, date and location unknown.
Courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 19 June 2015
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