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USAT Rendezvous (FS-756)
USAT FS-756 (1967 - 1968)
USAF C-50-1816 (1960 - 1967)
USAV HA-12 (1944 - 1960)

Aircraft Retrieving Vessel
  • Laid down in 1944 as HA-12 as a "Design No. 210, 150 Foot Steel Diesel Retrieving Vessel" at Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Delivered, in May 1944, to the US Army Quartermaster Corps.
  • Placed in service date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred to US Air Force in 1960 as USAF C-50-1816, where she served as a cable layer, used by Pan Am's GMRD (Guided Missile Range Division) under contract in the Caribbean
  • Returned to US Army in 1967 as FS-756
  • Assigned in August 1968: to 70th Transportation Platoon at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, FL., where she was used as a reservist training vessel, renamed USAT Rendezvous
  • Placed out of service in 1972, replaced by USAT Resource (ex USNS Sagitta (T-AK-87))
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 483 t.
    Length 158'3"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 8'
    Speed unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Complement unknown
    Cargo Capacity 500 t.
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion two 300hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin screws

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    USAF C-50-1816
    98k USAF C-50-1816 underway in the Caribbean Sea while under contact to Pan Am's GMRD (Guided Missile Range Division), circa 1960-1967. David Wright
    USAT Rendezvous (FS-756)
    119k USAT Rendezvous (FS-756) moored at pierside at at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, FL., 24 August 1968.
    Photo by Bob Hannah, Tampa Bay Times
    David Wright
    91k USAT Rendezvous (FS-756) docking/undocking at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, FL., 20 January 1970.
    Photo by Ricardo Ferro, Tampa Bay Times
    Tommy Trampp
    44k Stern view of USAT Rendezvous (FS-756) tied up at Bayboro Harbor, St. Petersburg, FL., early 1970s.
    Flickr, photo by Mike Robbins
    Tommy Trampp

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    Saga of the Sea The "1816"
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