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Henry Eckford (T-AO-192)

Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1987, at Pennsylvania Shipbuilding, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 22 July 1989
  • Contract canceled 31 August 1989
  • Towed to Naval Shipyard Philadelphia, PA., 27 October 1989 along with Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) for lay up
  • New contract awarded, 16 November 1989, to Tampa Shipbuilding to complete the Henry Eckford
  • Construction canceled 15 August 1993 when 84% complete
  • Turned over to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 November 1997
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 2 February 1998, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, withdrawn from reserve, 19 July 2011, for towing to Brownsville, TX. where she will be dismantled.
    Displacement 9,500 t.(lt) 42,382 t.(fl)
    Length 677'
    Beam 97' 5"
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 178,000 bbls
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement Civilian Mariners-18 Officers, 64 Merchant Seamen, Navy-1 Officer, 20 Enlisted
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 diesel engines, twin shafts, 16,000 hp per shaft

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    Henry Eckford
    Henry Eckford - (12 March 1775 12 November 1832) was a Scottish-born American shipbuilder, naval architect, industrial engineer, and entrepreneur who worked for the United States Navy and the navy of the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century. After building a national reputation in the United States through his shipbuilding successes during the War of 1812, he became a prominent business and political figure in New York City in the 1810s, 1820s, and early 1830s. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Henry Eckford 327k Henry Eckford (T-AO-192) and (inboard) Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) are moored at Tampa, FL., 19 February 1994. The two ships have been under construction since 1986, partially completed first by Penn Shipbuilding and then Tampa Shipbuilding. Final disposition has not yet been decided upon. The feasibility of converting them into ammunition ships is being studied.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-94-02344 by OS2 John Bouvia, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Henry Eckford 307k A starboard bow view of Henry Eckford (T-AO-192) and Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) tied up at the Norfolk Ship Building and Dry Dock Corp. Norfolk, VA., 26 August 1994. The two ships are being prepared by NORSHIPCO for long term storage as the feasibility of converting them to ammunition ships proved cost prohibitive.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-95-00677 by Don S. Montgomery, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Henry Eckford 71k Ex-Henry Eckford (T-AO-192) (left) and ex-Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) (right) in reserve. Laid up in the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., April 2009. According to MARAD both ships are priced too high for foreign sale and cannot be used in US waters because they are single hulled tankers. Photos by Mike Hibbard
    Henry Eckford 58k
    Caloosahatchee 434k Aerial view of Unit 7 of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 28 January 1999. From bottom to top;
    Santa Cruz
    Vulcan (AR-5),
    Redstone (T-AGM-20),
    2 unidentified APs,
    GEN. N.M. Walter (T-AP-125),
    GEN. Wm. O. Darby (IX-510),
    Waccamaw (T-AO-109),
    Canisteo (AO-99),
    Caloosahatchee (AO-98),
    Mississinewa (T-AO-144),
    Pawcatuck (T-AO-108)
    Truckee (T-AO-147),
    Neosho (T-AO-143),
    Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) and
    Henry Eckford (T-AO-192). These two oilers were both lay-berthed incomplete.

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