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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  • Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 28 July 2006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"
    Beam 76'
    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
    Cargo Capacity
    Washington Mail- breakbulk
    Equality State - 1108 TEU,
    Washington Mail - none
    Equality State - six 30 ton capacity cranes
    Armament none
    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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    Equality State 72k SS Equality State (ACS-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Equality State 1434k 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
    Equality State 320k 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

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