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| USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87)
|USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) under way circa the mid-1950s. Although she retains the Army cathead on the bow, she is shown here
serving MSTS as a small cargo ship. The two masts reflect the final rig of the class adopted by the Navy in September 1943 and fitted to
USS Enceladus (AK-80), but the built up hull sides from the forecastle to just before the bridge and the elaborate stern anchor date from the Army
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) crashed into a Texas Tower, radar "island" 100 miles off Cape Cod, MA.
20 January 1956. The ship suffered serious damage, but the tall tripod structure was unscathed. There were no casualties. While servicing the tower, the Sagitta's
starboard side crashed into the tower, tearing a hole in tanks in the vessel's No. 2 hold.
US Navy photo via AP wirephoto
|Photo - Tommy Trampp
Caption - David Wright
|USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) makes her way towards the port of Boston, 20 January 1956, after she rammed into a Texas Tower
platform during a resupply mission.
US Coast Guard movie clip from United Press
|USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) limps into her berth at East Boston, 21 January 1956, assisted by a tug. Sagitta collided with a Texas Tower radar island on 20 January 1956 during a re-supply operation.
A huge wave tossed the ship against the tower during unloading operations. No one was injured but the ship suffered a hole below her waterline.
|USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87) at Port Lyautey, Morocco, 1958
|Carl R Friberg
| USAT Resource
|USAT Resource in use as an Army Reserve training ship at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, Florida, circa 1974. A press story
dated 13 September 1974 stated that she was soon to be taken under tow to St. Mary's, Georgia, her machinery being unserviceable although her deck and hull were in
Photo courtesy shipscribe.com.
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