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USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Papa - Alpha
Sampan Hitch Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship: \
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2133) at Walter Butler Shipbuilding Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Competed in August 1945 and delivered at Beaumont, TX. to the Maritime Commission
  • Chartered, 11 May 1945, under a General Agency Agreement to Prudential Steamship Corp.
  • Chartered, 18 July 1946, by New York Puerto Rico Steamship Co., at New York
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 21 January 1948
  • Withdrawn, 8 October 1958, from reserve, title transferred to US Air Force for conversion to a Range Instrumentation Ship
  • Commissioned USAFS Sampan Hitch, date unknown
  • Title transferred to the US Navy, 1 July 1964, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as a "Special Mission Ship"
  • Placed in service, 1 July 1964 as USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18)
  • Placed out of service and laid up, 25 June 1968 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 April 1973, to Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., South Korea (PD-X-957, dated 15 March 1973), for $79,054.00, withdrawn, 24 May 1973
    Displacement 3,366 t.(lt) 6,090 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 9"
    Beam 50' 4"
    Draft 17' 7"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller

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    Sampan Hitch
    Sampan Hitch - A knot commonly used in the Far East for tying up river boats.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sampan Hitch 42k USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18) moored pierside at Port Canaveral, FL., 26 March 1959. Leon Lacy

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

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