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Kings Mountain (ST-2116)

  • Laid down in 1956, as the steel hulled tug ST-2116 at American Boiler Works, Erie, PA. for the US Army
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed and Delivered by Matton Shipyard Inc., Cohoes, N.Y.
  • Accepted by the US Army Quartermaster Corps. in 1956
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps.
  • Placed in service with the 73rd Transportation Company, Fort Eustis, VA. as ST-2116
  • Named Kings Mountain (ST-2116), date unknown,
  • Removed from active service in 1994 and "laid up" at Newport News, VA.
  • Acquired in 1997 by the Lea Diving and Salvage Co., Mobile, AL., renamed Orion
  • Current/Final Disposition, unknown
    Displacement 54 t. (net) 71 t. (gross)
    Length 67'
    Beam 23'
    Draft 8'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one 600 hp White Atlas Imperial diesel engine
    single propeller

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    King's Mountain
    Kings Mountain - The Battle of Kings Mountain was a military engagement between Patriot and Loyalist militias in South Carolina during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War, resulting in a decisive victory for the Patriots. The battle took place on October 7, 1780, 9 miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in what is now rural Cherokee County, South Carolina, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot. The battle has been described as "the war’s largest all-American fight".(Wikipedia)
    Black and white reproduction of artist Lloyd Branson's Gathering of Overmountain Men at Sycamore Shoals, which depicts the gathering of the Overmountain Men en route to their victory over British loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. 1915; reproduction published 1921. Samuel G. Heiskell, Andrew Jackson and Early Tennessee History, (Nashville, Tenn.: Ambrose Printing Co., 1921).(Wikipedia)
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    King's Mountain
    172k Ex- US Army Small Tug Kings Mountain (ST-2116) in commercial service as the Lea Diving and Salvage Co. tug Orion, moored, date and location unknown
    Photo by Rafael Santos, courtesy Tugboat Information

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