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USNS Sgt. Morris E. Crain (T-AK-244)
USAT Sgt. Morris E. Crain (1945 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Mike - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 February 1945, as SS Mills Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 741), at Permanente Medals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 28 March 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 21 April 1945, for operation by the American Hawaiian Steamship Co.
  • Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service and commissioned USAT Sgt Morris E. Crain, 8 June 1946
  • Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service, 1 March 1950, by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Sgt. Morris E. Crain (T-AK-244)
  • Placed out of service, 11 March 1975, custody transferred to MARAD, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1975
  • Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 17 July 1975
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975, to General Metals of Tacoma, WA., delivered, 1 September 1975
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,210 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 53
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    one Westinghouse cross compound steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp
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    Sgt. Morris E. Crain 64k USNS Sgt. Morris E. Crain (T-AK-244) moored pierside at Yokohama, Japan, February 1974. Photo Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Sgt. Morris E. Crain 253k USNS Sgt. Morris E. Crain (T-AK-244) underway, circa 1964, off the south coast of England.
    Photo courtesy Wright & Logan, Southsea, England.
    Robert Hurst

    Sgt. Morris E. Crain (T-AK-244)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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