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SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3)


Keystone State Class Crane Ship):
  • Laid down, 20 March 1964, as SS President Polk, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1qa) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 164) at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 23 January 1965
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 4 November1965
  • Renamed SS Grand Canyon, date unknown
  • Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force in 1986, as SS Grand Canyon (ACS-3)
  • SS Grand Canyon State is one of the six crane ships assigned to MSC and is berthed at Alameda, CA.
  • SS Grand Canyon State is assigned to the Maritime Propositioning Squadron Three and is maintained in a 5-day readiness status (ROS-5)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 16,325 t.(lt) 31,500 t.(fl)
    Length 669'
    Beam 76' 1"
    Draft 33' 5"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement
    Full Operational Status 37 civilian mariners
    Reduced Operational Status 10 civilian mariners
    Cargo Capacity 300+ standard containers
    Cranes six 30 ton capacity cranes
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    two steam turbines
    single propeller, 17,500shp
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    mercantile Service
    Grand Canyon State 134k SS President Polk launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA., 23 January 1965. Photo by Jim Geldert
    Grand Canyon State 125k SS President Polk underway at Singapore in 1981.
    Photo by Don Meehan from the Chris Howell Collection
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    MARAD RRF Reserve
    Grand Canyon State 85k SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Grand Canyon State 43k SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Federation of American Scientists
    Grand Canyon State 66k SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) main deck cranes, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Federation of American Scientists
    Grand Canyon State 77k SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) main deck cranes, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Federation of American Scientists
    Gem State 2384k SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) moored inboard of SS Gem State (ACS-2) and SS Keystone State (ACS1) 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

    There is no DANFS history available for SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) at Navsource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Auxiliary Crane Ships - ACS
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