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SS Equality State (ACS-8)
Keystone State Class Crane Ship):
Built 1961 as SS Washington Mail, a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-1s) hull by Todd Shipyard, San Pedro, California
Launched, 11 May 1961
Delivered to American Mail Lines, 2 January 1962
Lengthened and converted to a container ship in 1971 at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, CA.
Renamed SS President Roosevelt, 26 November 1975
Sold to Delta Lines, 7 September 1983, renamed SS Santa Rosa
Sold to U.S. Lines in 1985, renamed SS American Builder
Laid up in Hampton Roads, VA., 6 April 1987
Converted to a crane ship Maritime Administration type (C6-S1aq) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 86) in 1989 by Tampa Shipyards, Tampa, Florida and renamed SS Equity State
Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Ready Reserve Force, (RRF), under operation control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
Placed in service as SS Equality State (ACS-8), date unknown
SS Equality State (ACS-8) was berthed at New Orleans, LA. and assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three and was maintained in a four-day readiness status
Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 28 July 2006
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Washington Mail - 22,595 t.(LT)
Equality State - 31,498 t.(LT)
Washington Mail - 563' ¾"
Equality State - 667'11"
Washington Mail - 31' 7"
Equality State - 33" 3&fac58"
Speed 20 kts.
Equality State - fully oppositional status 89 civilian mariners, reserve operational status 10 civilian mariners
Washington Mail- breakbulk
Equality State - 1108 TEU,
Washington Mail - none
Equality State - six 30 ton capacity cranes
Washington Mail - Single screw, geared turbine powered, 19,250 HP. Two CE WT boilers, 640 PSI WP
Equality State - Single screw, 2 GE geared turbine powered, 22,000 HP., Two Combustion Engineering WT boilers
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||SS Equality State (ACS-8) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|MSC web site
||SS Equality State (ACS-8) moored in her lay berth alongside SS Diamond State (ACS-7) at New Orleans, LA., March 1990.
||Photo ©Richard Leonhardt
||Ships moved in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. 2 November 2014. From left to right:
SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064)
SS Diamond State (AKS-7),
SS Equality State (ACS-8) and
ex-USNS Flint (T-AE-32).
||Photo by Chris Holley
There is no DANFS history available for SS Equality State (ACS-8) at NavSource
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
National Register Eligibility Assessment
US Navy Fact File - Auxiliary Crane Ships - ACS
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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