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USNS Parkersburg (T-AO-163)

Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 3 February 1944, as Fort Cornwallis, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1731) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 12 April 1944
  • Delivered, 27 May 1944, to the Maritime Commission
  • Transferred, 27 April 1944, to Spencer Kellogg & Sons Inc. under General Agency Agreement
  • Title transferred to Standard Oil of New Jersey, 17 October 1946 (sale prince $1,755,559.88), renamed ESSO Parkersburg
  • Title transferred to MARAD (trade-in program), 5 October 1955
  • Renamed Parkersburg, October 1956
  • Transferred to US Navy, 21 December 1956, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Parkersburg (T-AO-163)
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 27 September 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Title transferred to Marine Transportation Line, 5 December 1957 (Exchange Program), converted to a chemical carrier
  • Renamed SS Marine Eagle, 11 December 1957, engaged in long term charter to the Du Pont Chemical Company.
  • Sold, 5 July 1978, to E. I duPont de Nemour & Co.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan, 28 April 1984
    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 Standard Oil of New Jersey Marine Transportation Lines
    Parkersburg 34k SS ESSO Parkersburg drydocked, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Parkersburg 36k
    Parkersburg 98k The Marine Transportation Line's chemical tanker SS Marine Eagle moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Parkersburg (T-AO-163) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    (Fort Cornwallis) MARAD Vessel History Database
    (Parkersburg) MARAD Vessel History Database
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