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USNS Sappa Creek (T-AO-141)
Sappa Creek (AO-141) (1948 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Sierra - Romeo
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler
  • Laid down, 17 April 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T-2-SE-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 544), at Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Launched, 15 September 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 29 October 1943, operated by American Trading and Production Corp., Baltimore, MD. under a General Agency Agreement for the War Shipping Administration
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from Reserve, 8 May 1947 for operation by Keystone Shipping Co. under a General Agency Agreement
  • Title transferred to the US Navy 4 April 1948
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service as Sappa Creek (AO-141), 28 April 1948, operated under charter by Marine Transport Lines
  • Operational control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, placed in service as USNS Sappa Creek (T-AO-141)
  • Placed out of service, and returned to the Maritime Administration, 7 December 1959, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title passed to the Maritime Administration, 1 April 1961
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 December 1975, to Nation Metal and Steel Corp.(PD-X-1001 dated 17 October 1975), $528,529.19 for four ships, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 13 January 1967, scrapped at Terminal Island, CA.
    Displacement 5,252 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10" (lim)
    Speed 15.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement unknown
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi, 730°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,250shp

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    Sappa Creek 300k USNS Sappa Creek (T-AO-141) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USNS Sappa Creek (T-AO-141)
    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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