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USAPRS Robert M. Emery
Mira (AK-84)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1943, as MV William Nott, a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 471), at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Allocated to the US Navy, named Mira (AK-84) in 1943
  • Launched, 31 October 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 6 November 1943
  • Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, 7 November 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 November 1943
  • Allocated to the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Renamed USAPRS Robert M. Emery, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Robert M. Emery served as a Corps of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
  • Returned by the Maritime Commission, 27 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold to Canadian interests in 1966 and towed to Victoria, B. C. and reportedly docked at the foot of Fort Street
  • Resold in 1969, to US interest, renamed Marine Wonderland, converted to an attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA., until 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965 (PD-X-687 dated 11 February 1965) for $23,611.51, withdrawn, from the reserve fleet, 31 March 1965 by tow to Astoria, OR. and at Tacoma, WA. during late 1984

    Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,200 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 10"
    Beam 42' 6"
    Draft 20' 8"
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,175 DWT
    non-refrigerated 115,873 Cu. ft.
    Speed 10.25 kts
    Complement 83
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,940 Bbls
    one Cooper Bessemer Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,190shp

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    USAPRS Robert M. Emery
    Mira 1825k Stern view of ex-USAPRS Robert M. Emery [ex-Mira (AK 84)], 27 January 1978 at Rio Vista, CA. She was auctioned off to Mr. Paul W. Rice of Oakland for $37,000 on this date by Solano County for delinquent taxes. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
    Mira 36k Ex-USAPRS Robert M. Emery as Marine Wonderland, at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA., in December 1969. Photographer unknown. Robert Hurst

    Mira (AK-84)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    United States Army in World War II - The Corpss of Engineers: Troops and Equipment- Chapter XVII - Preparing to Reconstruct Ports
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