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USAV Col. Francis T. Ziegler (FS-221)


  • Laid down, date unknown, at Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA. as a Design 427 Small Freighter (FS) for the US Army
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the US Army and placed in commission as USAV FS-221, circa October 1944 - January 1945
  • Named USAV Col. Francis T. Ziegler (FS-221), date unknown
  • Deactivated by the US Army, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy in January 1966 and converted for service as a Torpedo Research Ship
  • Placed in service as Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-306, assigned to Naval Underwater Systems Center, Newport, R.I.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 November 1988
  • Final Disposition, disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, 12 October 1989
    Displacement 137 t.(lt) 823 t.(fl)
    Length 179'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 10 ft. (max.)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws

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    FS-221 / Col. Francis T. Ziegler (FS-221)
    Col. Francis T. Ziegler
    261k USAV FS-221, USAV FS-317 and USAV FS-176 moored pierside in the harbor at Manila, P.I,, circa 1946.
    US Nation Archives Album 111-SCA-Album 2922-036, US Army Signal Corps photo SC 249161
    Vincent M. Salinap
    Col. Francis T. Ziegler 51k USAV FS-221 passing upbound on St. Clair River, MI., 5 August 1950. Col. Francis T. Ziegler was assigned to the US Army Reserves while in service on the Great Lakes
    Bowling Green State University's Great Lakes vessels Online index
    David Wright
    Col. Francis T. Ziegler
    92k U.S. Army troops boarding USAV FS-221 Fort Eustis, VA. in 1959. Note tugs in the background. Tanker car on the pier and motor pool car parked near gangway on the pier.
    FLICKR - U.S Army Transportation Museum
    John Spivey
    Col. Francis T. Zieglere 146k USAV FS-221 moored at Fort Eustis, VA., circa early 1961. Jim Pumphret
    Col. Francis T. Zieglere
    161k Cadets from West Point and Midshipmen from Annapolis taking part in Operation CAMID-61 while aboard USAV FS-221 and USNS T-LST 664 moored at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. Durnig CAMID-61 the Midshipmen and Cadets while take part in amphibious maneuvers at Little Creek.
    John Spivey
    1111k IX-306 [ex-US Army Small Freighter Col. Francis T. Ziegler (FS-221)] in service as a Torpedo Research Vessel assigned to the Naval Underwater Weapons Station, Newport. R.I, returns to the still water basin in Narragansett Bay in October 1969. Torpedo Retriever Boat 81 follows astern.
    US National Archives photo catalog #'s K-78235 and K-78232
    David Wright
    IX-306 191k IX-306 underway in Narragansett Bay, circa 1969. She was painted white with a blue bow. Note the torpedo tube opening on starboard side just aft of hull number. Robert Hurst

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    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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