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USNS Abiqua (T-AO-158)

Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 18 June 1943, as a Maritime Administration type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Launched, 22 September 1943
  • Delivered, 31 October 1943, to the War Shipping Administration for operation by Cities Service Oil Company
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Administration and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Abiqua (T-AO-158), 21 December 1956, under contract to Matraliners with a civilian crew
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the Maritime Administration, 30 September 1957
  • Final Disposition, cut into four sections, and joined to form SS Windsor, SS Bear Paw and the tank barge Tide-Mar XIX
    Specifications (As Built):
    Displacement 10,200 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,235 Bbls,
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boiler, 450psi 730°
    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, 6,000shp

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    Merchant Service
    Abiqua 49k SS Abiqua under way while in service with Winco Tankers Inc., New York (Windsor Navigation Co.) between 1968-1972.
    Courtesy Photo Collection Morten Bjorndalen, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Abiqua (T-AO-158)
    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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    Last Updated 16 October 2015