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USAPRS Arthur C. Ely
Tucana (AK-88)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
  • Authorized as a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, assigned the name Symmes Potter
  • Re-named Tucana (AK-88) by US Navy, 30 October 1942
  • Laid down, 24 April 1944, as Tucana (AK-88) under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 651) at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 13 September 1944
  • Reassigned for delivery, 13 September 1944, to the US Army Transportation Service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 September 1944
  • Allocated to the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Renamed USAPRS Arthur C. Ely, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Arthur C. Ely operated in Pacific ports as a Corps of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
  • Arthur C. Ely was at Okinawa when the war ended
  • Decommissioned by the US Army, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 September 1947, for layup in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc., (PD-X-687, dated 11 February 1965), for $28,011.91, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 14 April 1965
    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)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    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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