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USACE Sturgis (MH-1A)

Non Self-propelled Nuclear Power Barge:
  • Laid down, 23 June 1945, as the Z-EC2-S-CS Liberty Ship SS Charles H. Cugle at Jones Construction Co., Panama City. FL.
  • Launched, 13 August 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 13 August 1945
  • Transferred under a General Agency Agreement to Isbrandston Co,, Inc. 31 August 1945
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 24 September 1945 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile AL., 12 January 1948
  • Permanent transfer to the US Army, 15 April 1963
  • Named Sturgis (MH-1A) in 1963
  • Propulsion system removed, a new mid-body section was added and a Nuclear Power Station reactor was built into the ship at Alabama Shipbuilding in 1963
  • Delivered to the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, VA., 22 April 1966
  • Towed to the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, July 1968 where she supplied power to the Canal Zone from October 1968 to 1975
  • Towed back to Fort Belvior in December 1976, arriving in January 1977
  • After the fuel was removal and the plant put in safe storage, Sturgis was moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
  • In 2014 Chicago Bridge and Iron dismantled the nuclear reactor installed in Sturgis
  • Sturgis was towed to Brownsville, TX. for dismantling in 2018 and dismantled in 2019
    Displacement 9400 t.
    Length 441.5'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 18'

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    133k USACE Sturgis (MH-1A), date and location unknown
    U.S. Maritime Administration photo
    57k USACE Sturgis (MH-1A) under tow, date and location unknown MARAD
    104k USACE Sturgis (MH-1A) moored at Fort Belvoir, VA., circa January 1967.
    U.S. Maritime Administration photo
    John Spivey
    80k Ex-USACE Sturgis (MH-1A) under tow enroute to International Shipbreaking Limited in Brownsville, TX for dismantling September 2018. John Spivey

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