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USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277)

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

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

Schuyler Otis Bland Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 May 1950, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-DX1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2918), at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 30 January 1951
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 25 July 1951
  • Operated by American President Lines and later Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 25 July 1952
  • Acquired by the US Navy for operation by American Mail Line, circa 1957
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. in October 1959
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 4 August 1961
  • Place in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277), 28 August 1961
  • Placed out of service in 1979 at Guam
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to MARAD for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 28 November 1979, for scrapping to China Dismantled Vessel Trading Corp. for $814,533.50
    Displacement 10,516 t.
    Length 478' 2"
    Beam 66'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Complement 50 CivMar
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Bale Capacity 561,000 Cu ft
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine

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    Schuyler Otis Bland 396k

    Schuyler Otis Bland (May 4, 1872 February 16, 1950) was a United States Representative from Virginia. Born near Gloucester, Virginia, he attended the Gloucester Academy and the College of William and Mary. He was a teacher and a lawyer in private practice, and was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative William A. Jones. He was reelected to the Sixty-sixth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from July 2, 1918 to February 16, 1950. While in the House, he was chair of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Seventy-third through Seventy-ninth Congresses and Eighty-first Congress). The United States Merchant Marine Academy Library is named in his honor. Bland died in Bethesda, Maryland and was interred in Greenlawn Cemetery, Newport News, Virginia. Photo courtesy of the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.
    Bill Gonyo
    Schuyler Otis Bland 2771k USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277) entering the Port of Wellington, New Zealand, 23 January 1978. Note the harbor pilot boat Tuna coming out to meet the ship. Also note the line off the stern to a tug out of the picture. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Schuyler Otis Bland 187k USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 86712. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1978.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Schuyler Otis Bland 34k USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Schuyler Otis Bland 324k USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the cover of "Sealift Magazine", January 1964.
    Salvatore Mercogliano
    Schuyler Otis Bland 138k USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277) moored pierside, 20 March 1963, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 85031. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976.
    Mike Green

    USNS Schuyler Otis Bland (T-AK-277)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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