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New Bedford (IX-308)
USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) (1950 - ?)
USAV FS-289 (1944 - 1950)

USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) previously served as US ArmyFS-289
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding, Whitestone, N.Y.
  • Delivered to the US Army in 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950
  • Placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17), 1961
  • Placed out of service in 1963
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified, (IX-308), date unknown
  • New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 4 April 1995
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, for commercial service, 11 June 1996
  • Current Disposition, tuna longliner (fishing boat) F/V Sea Bird out of San Diego, CA.
    Displacement 414 t.(lt) 940 t.(fl)
    Length 177'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws

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    USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17)
    New Bedford - is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts located on the Acushnet River. Up through the 17th century, the area was the territory of the Wampanoag Native American people. English colonists bought the land where New Bedford would be built from the Wampanoag in 1652, and the original colonial settlement was founded by English Quakers later in the 17th century. During the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford was one of the world's most important whaling ports. New Bedford was also a center of abolitionism at this time. The city attracted many freed or escaped African-American slaves, including Frederick Douglass. The city also served as the primary setting of Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick. From 1876 to 1900, New Bedford served as the home port for the Revenue Cutter School of Instruction, the precursor of the United States Coast Guard Academy.
    Photo - New Bedford view from the harbor, Environment Protection Agency photo.
    Map - New England, vicinity of New Bedford
    Tommy Trampp
    AKL-17 85k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Carl R Friberg Jr
    AKL-17 81k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) delivers supplies to the US Air Force manned Texas Tower No. 2 at Georges Bank, circa May 1956 to January 1963.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    AKL-17 86k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) underway, in 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    60k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    New Bedford (IX-308)
    AKL-17 85k New Bedford (IX-308) firing a torpedo in Puget Sound, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    AKL-17 56k New Bedford (IX-308) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Commercial Service
    AKL-17 56k Ex-New Bedford (T-AKL-17) in commercial use as the tuna longliner F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at Sea Port Village, San Diego, CA., August 2003. Photo by Joe Schimka
    AKL-17 31k F/V Sea Bird moored pierside, date and place unknown. Haze Gray and Underway
    AKL-17 194k Stern view of F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at San Diego, CA., May 2007. Dewayne Day
    AKL-17 69k Broadside view of F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at San Diego, CA., May 2007. Dewayne Day

    There is no DANFS history available for New Bedford (T-AKL-17) at NavSource.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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