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SS Keystone State (ACS-1)


Keystone State Class Crane Ship):
  • Laid down, 23 January 1965, as the breakbulk ship, SS President Harrison, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1aq) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA 166) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 10 February 1965
  • Delivered to the American Presidents Line, 25 April 1966
  • Converted to a Containership, 16 February 1973, Maritime Administration type (C6-S-1qc)
  • Trade-in to Maritime Administration, 30 April 1979
  • Operated by American President Lines until, delivered to the Maritime Administration, 19 July 1982, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred to National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 11 September 1982
  • Renamed SS Keystone State in July 1984
  • Converted to a Crane Ship at De Foe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI., September 1987
  • Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force, (RRF)
  • Placed in service as SS Keystone State (ACS-1), 7 May 1984
  • SS Keystone State (ACS-1) is one the 10 Crane Ships in the Military Sealift Commands Surge Force
  • SS Keystone State is berthed at Alameda, CA. and is assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three and is maintained in a five-day readiness status (ROS 5)

    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,900 t.(lt) 31,500 t.(fl)
    Length 668'
    Beam 76' 1"
    Draft 33' 5"
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    FOS 89 civilian mariners
    ROS 5 civilian mariners
    Cargo Capacity 300+ standard containers
    Cranes six 30 ton capacity cranes
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two General Electric turbines
    two Combustion Engineering boilers
    single propeller, 17,500shp
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    Keystone State 18k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) at De Foe Shipbuilding Yard, Bay City, MI. prior to conversion from a container ship to a crane ship. Maritime Administration web site
    Keystone State 71k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo
    MSC web site
    Keystone State 154k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) unloading a containership moored to her starboard side, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Keystone State 125k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) underway, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Keystone State 88k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) at anchor, unloading into barges, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Keystone State 19k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) moored, stern view, at Alameda, CA., date unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Keystone State 65k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) (foreground) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from All Hands" magazine, December 1984
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Keystone State 298k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, outbound for sea, 28 September 2007. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Keystone State 224k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) in the Golden Gate passing the Marin headlands departing San Francisco, CA. outbound for sea, 28 September 2007. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Gem State 193k SS Keystone State (ACS-1) moored inboard of SS Gem State (ACS-2) and SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) in their lay berths at across from the ex-USS Hornet CVS-12) at Alameda Point, (ex-NAS Alameda) CA., 27 December 2008. Photo by Chris Rasmussen

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Auxiliary Crane Ships - ACS
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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