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USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Yankee - Charlie

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal

Marine Fiddler Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-B5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 753), at Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 15 May 1945
  • Delivered, 31 August 1945, operated by Agwillines, Inc. until laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 23 May 1946
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by the US Navy and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267), 10 December 1952
  • Converted to a heavy-lift cargo ship, 29 March 1954
  • Placed out of service, 14 July 1973, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1986
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 26 October 1989
  • Final Disposition, towed, 30 October 2003 to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA. and was listed as scrapped. 13 November 2004
    Displacement 22,094 t.(fl)
    Length 520'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 33' (max)
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Complement 57 merchant mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 9,000shp

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    232k USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267) underway after her conversion to a heavy-lift cargo ship in 1954.
    Authors collection - "Wartime Standard Ships", by Nick Robins, Pub. by Seaforth Publishing, A division of Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 47 Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AS. ISBN 978 1 84832 376 6
    Robert Hurst
    Marine Fiddler 79k USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267) pierside, date and location unknown. Bill Valashinas
    Marine Fiddler 29k USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267) at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Marine Fiddler 215k USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267) working heavy cargo at nightfall in August 1968, at Bremerhaven, Germany. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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