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USS Marmora (IX-189)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Juliet - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Marmora (IX-189) was Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
Built in 1918 as SS Montrolite, at American Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Assigned Registry Number (ID-3356) by US Navy
Chartered by Standard Oil of California, 22 April 1942
Transferred to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease program, 14 October 1942, named SS Valerian Kuybyshev
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Acquired by the Navy from WSA under bareboat charter, 13 December 1944
Commissioned, USS Marmora, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T. H., LT. Grant R. Olsen, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at Mobile, AL., delivered to War Shipping Administration, renamed SS J. C. Fitzsimmons
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Pinto Island Metals Co., 1 February 1947.
Displacement 14,000 t.(lim.)
Length 436' 6"
Beam 57' 2"
Draft 24' (lim.)
Speed 9 kts
Oil 76,300 Bbls
one single 5"/51 cal single purpose gun mount
one 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
NSFO 7,700 Bbls
one Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Co. Vertical triple-expansion steam engine
three single end Scotch boilers, 200psi Sat°
two recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,800shp
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||USS Marmora (IX-189) underway as the Soviet tanker SS Valerian Kuybyshev at San Francisco, CA. circa 1943, after
having been transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease. Note the Soviet flag and name displayed under the bridge.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #. NH 91262, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Marmora (IX-189)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 6 November 2015
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