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USNS Potomac (T-AO-150)


Maumee Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 9 June 1955, as SS Potomaca Maritime Administration type (T3-S-12a) tanker hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 39) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 8 October 1956
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 17 December 1956 as USNS Potomac (T-AO-150)
  • Operated for MSTS by Marine Transport Lines under a long-term consecutive-voyage charter
  • Destroyed, 26 September 1961, by fire at Moorehead City, N.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, transferred to the Maritime Administration, dates unknown, stern section used in construction of SS Shenandoah which was renamed Potomac (T-AO-181)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,814 t.(lt) 34,757 t.(fl)
    Length 620'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 190,000-bbls
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft

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    Potomac 217k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Potomac 73k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, N.C. The ship burned for 5 days, the fire started on 26 September 1961. James L. Pittman
    Potomac 45k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning in the background at Moorehead City, N.C. The Salvage and Rescue crew from USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100 fought the fires. John Farley, in foreground, coxswain of one of Oglethorpe's Mike 8 boats stands beside his boat between runs to fight the fire in the background. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 67k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning in the background at Moorehead City, USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100 crew members loading Mike 8 with fire fighting equipment. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 49k USS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961 while USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100 crew member, Dennis McDowell, sprays foam on the water in the harbor to contain the fires on the ship. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 56k
    Potomac 55k
    Potomac 55k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 40k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 39k USS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 51k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 43k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 45k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 42k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe
    Potomac 40k USNS Potomac (T-AO-150) burning at Moorehead City, September 1961. Dennis McDowell USS Oglethorpe

    USNS Potomac (T-AO-150)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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