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USAPRS Richard R. Arnold
Nashira (AK-85)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Uniform
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:
  • Transferred from the Maritime Commission as MV Josiah Paul to the US Navy, 1 January 1943, prior to the start of construction
  • Renamed Nashira (AK-85), 30 October 1943
  • Laid down, 1 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 648), at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 23 April 1944
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 25 April 1944
  • Turned over to the US Army Transportation Service the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1944
  • Allocated to the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Renamed USAPRS Richard R. Arnold, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Richard R. Arnold served as a Corps of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 17 July 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Sold for scrapping, 11March 1965 to Kelbar Inc., Midland Tx. (PD-X-687 dated 11 February 1965) for $31,151.00, , withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 29 March 1965, towed to Tacoma, WA for conversion to a drilling ship
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown

    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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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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    MARAD Vessel History Database
    United States Army in World War II - The Corps of Engineers: Troops and Equipment- Chapter XVII - Preparing to Reconstruct Ports
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