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USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
Somerset (AK-212) (1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Oscar - Kilo
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Alamosa Class Cargo Ship / Coastal Sentry Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
Laid down, 9 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2166) at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launched, 21 January 1945
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 20 September 1945, assigned the name and designation Somerset (AK-212) never commissioned
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 November 1945, renamed MV Coastal Sentry
Transferred to Stockard S Corp., 2 November 1945, under a General Agency Agreement
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Transferred to the War Department, 2 August 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., (Army retains title)
Declared surplus by the Maritime Commission, 12 December 1949
Transferred to Matson Navigation Co., 17 November 1951, undate a General Agency Agreement (Korean Shuttle Service)
Returned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 17 February 1954
Transferred to West Coast Trans-Oceanic SS Line, 10 May 1955, under a General Agency Agreement for MSTS operation (Arctic service)
Re tuned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., 19 October 1955
Transferred to Coastwise Line, 22 May 1956, under a General Agency Agreement for MSTS operation
Returned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 28 September 1956
Title transferred to the US Air Force, 29 March 1957
Reacquired by the US Navy in 1964
Converted to a Coastal Sentry Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
Assigned to MSTS and placed in-service, 1 July 1964, as USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
Placed out of service, 11 July 1968, and transferred to the Maritime Administration
Sold and delivered, 30 June 1968, to Fuji Marden and Co., Ltd., of Hong Kong, at Fremantle, Australia, for scrapping (PC-X-801) for $39,400.00
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1969
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
on Nordberg TSM6 Diesel engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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||Somerset (AK-212) and Sussex (AK-213), prior to
Navy acceptance, in the ice is at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., winter 1945.
Courtesy Door County Maritime Museum
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||USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15) and USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) docked together during the 1960s, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage command Photo # NH 92955, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
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Somerset (AK-212) / USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
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