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T-AO-139 Muir Woods

National Defense Service Medal

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)
    Length 624'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 140,000 barrels
    Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw. 8,000hp

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    Muir Woods 851k 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.
    Chris Howell

    USNS Muir Woods (T-AO-139)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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