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USAT Grommet Reefer in 1948 at Seattle.
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Class: GROMMET REEFER (AF 53, C1-M-AV1)
Design: MC R1-M-AV3 (refrigerated) ex C1-M-AV1
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original Armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: 4-5"/38
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
AFNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
53GROMMET REEFER1 Mar 1950Walter Butler SB, Duluth1 Jan 194429 Jul 19441 Mar 1950

Disposition:
AFNameTInactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
53GROMMET REEFERT--20 Oct 195315 Dec 1952Lost23 Jul 1953

Class Notes:
AF 53 was among the Army ships operating out of continental U.S. ports that were to be acquired on 1 Mar 1950 for which names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 21 Feb 1950.

Ship Notes:
AFNameMCNotes
53GROMMET REEFER2243Launched as KENNETH E. GRUENNERT of the C1-M-AV1 type, completed 9 Dec 1944, renamed GROMMET REEFER 1945 and redesignated R1-M-AV3. Delivered to commercial operator at New Orleans 31 May 1945. To Army 23 Sep 1948. To MSTS 1 Mar 1950. Driven onto a reef by violent winds near Leghorn, Italy, and broken in half 15 December 1952. Bow raised followed by stern, declared constructive total loss 18 Mar 1953, sold 4 Jun 1953, to MA and sale completed 23 Jul 1953.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 23 Jul 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, PHS