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USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Sierra - Bravo
NSSB
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Watertown Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 February 1944, as SS Niantic Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 100) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 25 April 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 18 May 1944
  • Leased, 18 May 1944, to American Hawaii SS Co., for operation
  • Leased, 6 November 1946, to Waterman SS Corp.
  • Laid up, 30 May 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Chartered by Union Sulphur and Oil Co., 24 August 1950
  • MSTS charter, 18 April 1952, for operation by Union Sulphur and Oil Co.
  • MSTS charter, 8 April 1955, for operation by Pope and Talbot SS Co.
  • Chartered by Isbrandtsen Co. Inc., 11 December 1956
  • Laid up, 24 January 1958, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent custody transfer to the US Navy, 11 August 1960
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) for conversion to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
  • Place in service as USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6), 27 November 1960
  • Placed out of service in 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 February 1972
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 22 March 1974, for disposal
  • Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 23 May 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 February 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 May 1974, to Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., Seoul South Korea, delivered, 16 July 1974
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 11,500t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 2"
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 56
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    SS Niantic Victory
    Watertown 421k SS Niantic Victory at anchor, during World War II, location unknown. Vince Allan
    USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6)
    Watertown 21k USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Watertown 58k USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6) pierside, Port Canaveral, FL. midships, 1967. Photo by James W. Holloway, Jr. (deceased), submitted by Jim Holloway
    Watertown 54k USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6) pierside, Port Canaveral, FL., 1970. USS Observation Island (EAG-154) is in the background. Photo by James W. Holloway, Jr. (deceased), submitted by Jim Holloway
    Watertown 96k USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6) underway in port, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USNS Watertown (T-AGM-6)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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