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SS Gem State (ACS-2)

Keystone State Class Crane Ship):
  • Laid down, 30 May 1965, as the breakbulk ship, SS President Monroe, a Maritime Administration type (C6-S-1aq) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA 165) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 10 February 1965
  • Delivered to American Presidents Line, 25 April 1966
  • Converted to a Crane Ship at De Foe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI., in 1984
  • Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force, (RRF)
  • Placed in service as SS Gem State (ACS-2), 7 May 1984
  • SS Gem State (ACS-2) is one the 10 Crane Ships in the Surge Force
  • SS Gem 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)

    Displacement 13,900 t.(lt) 31,500 t.(fl)
    Length 668'
    Beam 76' 1"
    Draft 33' 5"
    Speed 20 kts.
    FOS 89 civilian mariners
    ROS 5 civilian mariners
    Cargo Capacity 300+ standard containers
    Cranes six 30 ton capacity cranes
    Armament none
    two General Electric turbines
    two boilers
    single propeller, 17,500shp
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    Gem State 91k SS Gem State (ACS-2) moored pierside, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    Maritime Administration web site
    Gem State 91k SS Gem State (ACS-2) moored outboard of an unidentified breakbulk ship, date and place unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    Maritime Administration web site
    Gem State 193k SS Gem State (ACS-2) moored outboard of SS Keystone State (ACS-1) 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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    US Navy Fact File - Auxiliary Crane Ships - ACS
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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