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T-AO-139 Muir Woods
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USNS Muir Woods (T-AO-139) was transferred to the Soviet Union prior to being acquired by the US Navy
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 6 January 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-1A) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2411), at Kaiser Corp., Swan Island Yard, Portland, OR.
Launched, 9 March 1945
Delivered to the Soviet Union, 22 March 1945, renamed Elbrus
Returned to US custody, 20 February 1948, at Trieste, Italy
Placed in operation by Marine Transport Lines, 20 February 1948, at Trieste under contract to the Maritime Commission
Delivered to the Maritime Commission and acquired by the Navy, 23 April 1948 and placed in service by the Navy Transportation Service (NTS) as Muir Woods (AO-139)
Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Muir Woods (T-AO-137)
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 10 June 1959
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 December 1972, to Luira Bros. and Co. Inc.
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Speed 16 kts.
Cargo Capacity 140,000 barrels
Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw. 8,000hp
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||Soviet merchant tanker Elbrus in port, possibly Trieste, Italy, circa February 1948. Elbrus was taken over by the US Navy Transportation Service (NTS) and renamed Muir Woods (AO-139 in April 1948.
Photo by B. Nicol.
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