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SS Bessemer Victory in MARAD hands circa the mid-1960s.
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Class: HAVERFORD (T-AG 179)
Design: MC VC2-S-AP2
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (19xx) 4-20mm
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
AGNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
179HAVERFORD--Permanente Metals #126 Jan 194514 Mar 1945--
180ANTIOCH--Permanente Metals #228[26] Feb 194511 Apr 1945--
181ADELPHI--Permanente Metals #222 Apr 19452[22] Jun 1945--
182LYNN--Bethlehem-Fairfield25 Jun 194515 Aug 1945--
183CLARKSBURG--California SB9 Jul 194515 Sep 1945--
184CLEMSON--Permanente Metals #212 May 194523 Jun 1945--
185CARTHAGE--California SB30 Mar 194524 May 1945--
186BESSEMER--California SB28 May 194526 Jul 1945--
187MILFORD--Permanente Metals #224 May 19454 Jul 1945--
188RADCLIFFE--Permanente Metals #131 Dec 194419 Feb 1945--
189ROLLINS--Bethlehem-Fairfield10 Jul 19456 Sep 1945--
190WEBSTER--Permanente Metals #120 Apr 194525 May 1945--

Disposition:
AGNameTInactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
179HAVERFORDT----31 Oct 1968Canc3 Mar 1988
180ANTIOCHT----31 Oct 1968Canc3 Mar 1988
181ADELPHIT----31 Oct 1968Canc30 Apr 1993
182LYNNT----31 Oct 1968Canc18 Jun 1993
183CLARKSBURGT----31 Oct 1968Canc30 May 1984
184CLEMSONT----31 Oct 1968Canc1 Dec 1993
185CARTHAGET----31 Oct 1968Canc--
186BESSEMERT----31 Oct 1968Canc28 Sep 1989
187MILFORDT----31 Oct 1968Canc13 Apr 1988
188RADCLIFFET----31 Oct 1968Canc1 Dec 1988
189ROLLINST----31 Oct 1968Canc18 Jun 1993
190WEBSTERT----31 Oct 1968Canc13 Aug 1992

Class Notes:
To have been Forward Floating Depot (FFD) Ships to provide preloaded Army equipment in a forward area. As of September 1965 three prototypes of the concept, AG 172-174, were based at Subic Bay. Twelve additional vessels were selected and names assigned [on 24 Jan 1966 for LYNN] effective 1 Feb 1966 (all appeared on the list on 1 Feb 1966). Transfers were scheduled from March 1966 (179-180) to 31 Oct 1966 (190). However the authority to acquire them was never approved, and they were formally cancelled on 31 Oct 1968. [Canc. 1 Feb 1966: PHS]

They were also cancelled because of the acceleration of the Fast Deployment Logistics Ship (FDL) program. The FDL was a modified RO/RO ship, four of which were added to the FY 1966 budget at the end of 1964 as a maritime counter-balance to the Air Force's C5 aircraft program. Both were intended to support Army mobility, only the C5 was proceeded with.

Ship Notes:
AGNameMANotes
179HAVERFORD591(ex-MERCER VICTORY, compl. 11 Apr 1945). From NDRF 9 Jun 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 3 Mar 1988.
180ANTIOCH745(ex-ALFRED VICTORY, compl. 7 May 1945). From NDRF 1 Aug 1966 for commercial operation, to NDRF 10 Dec 1969. MA exchange sale 3 Mar 1988.
181ADELPHI760(ex-ADELPHI VICTORY, compl. 27 Jun 1945). From NDRF 24 Jul 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 18 Sep 1969. MA exchange sale 30 Apr 1993, to buyer 23 Jun 1993 [VSC].
182LYNN847(ex-LYNN VICTORY, compl. 20 Sep 1945). From NDRF 22 Jul 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 18 Jun 1993, to buyer 4 Aug 1993.
183CLARKSBURG888(ex-CLARKSBURG VICTORY, compl. 15 Oct 1945). From NDRF 9 Jun 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 13 Feb 1970. MA exchange sale 30 May 1984, to buyer 6 Jun 1984.
184CLEMSON766(ex-LINDENWOOD VICTORY, compl. 25 Jul 1945). From NDRF 7 Jun 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 1 Dec 1993, to buyer 22 Feb 1994 [VSC].
185CARTHAGE792(ex-AMERICAN VICTORY, compl. 20 Jun 1945). From NDRF 19 Jul 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. Reactivated 13 Mar to 24 Jun 1985 under the Victory Ship Validation Program. From JRRF 8 Sep 1999 to become an operating museum ship at Tampa, Fla. AMERICAN VICTORY is one of three Victory ships preserved as museums, the others being LANE VICTORY at Los Angeles and RED OAK VICTORY at Richmond, Calif.
186BESSEMER806(ex-BESSEMER VICTORY, compl. 30 Aug 1945). From NDRF 19 Jul 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 28 Sep 1989, to buyer 19 Oct 1989.
187MILFORD714(ex-GREELEY VICTORY, compl. 8 Aug 1945). From NDRF 9 Jun 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 13 Apr 1988, to buyer Jun 1988 [VSC].
188RADCLIFFE587(ex-PRINCETON VICTORY, compl. 14 Mar 1945). From NDRF 24 Aug 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 17 Mar 1970. MA exchange sale 1 Dec 1988.
189ROLLINS851(ex-HIGH POINT VICTORY, compl. 28 Sep 1945). From NDRF 15 Jul 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 5 Dec 1969. MA exchange sale 18 Jun 1993, to buyer 1 Oct 1993.
190WEBSTER705(ex-HOBART VICTORY, compl. 24 Jul 1945). From NDRF 1 Aug 1966 for commercial operation for MSTS, to NDRF 19 Jan 1970. MA exchange sale 13 Aug 1992, to buyer 9 Oct 1992.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon