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USNS Petrolite (T-AO-164)

Suamico Class Fleet Oiler
  • Laid down, 12 October 1943, as SS Hanging Rock, a Maritime Administration type (T-2-SE-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1723) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 31 January 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 28 March 1944
  • Transferred to War Emergency Tanker (Texas Co. agents) under a General Agency Agreement, 31 January 1944
  • Sold to Bernuth, Lemboke Co.,Inc. (Tanker Sag Harbor Corp.) under a General Agency Agreement, 14 November 1945 for $1,750,008.20, renamed SS Petrolite
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (trade-in),17 December 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Administration and placed in service as USNS Petrolite (T-AO-164), 28 January 1957
  • Returned to MARAD and struck from the Naval Register, 5 September 1957
  • Title passed to Sea-Land Services, Inc,, converted to a containership
  • Sold to Litton Industries Leasing Corp, 5 January 1970, renamed SS Seattle
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 October 1984
    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 15.5kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 140,000 barrels
    Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw. 8,000hp

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    Petroline 24k SS Petrolite under way circa 1946-54, location unknown. Robert Hurst, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Petrolite 73k SS Seattle under way, date and, location unknown. Robert Hurst, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Petrolite 116k

    USNS Petrolite (T-AO-164)
    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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