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Norwegian H U Sverdrup (AGOR 2).
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Class: Norwegian H U SVERDRUP (AGOR 2)
Design: Norwegian trawler
Displacement (tons): 400 full
Dimensions (feet): 127.6' oa, 111.5' pp x 24.9' moulded x 10.5'
Accommodations: 10 civilian plus 9 scientists
Speed (kts.): 11.6
Propulsion (HP): 600
Machinery: Diesel, 1 screw
|2||Norwegian H U SVERDRUP||22 Apr 1959||Ørens Mekaniiske Verksted, Trondheim||Sept 1959||27 Feb 1960||15 Jun 1960|
|2||Norwegian H U SVERDRUP||--||--||15 Jun 1960||Trf||--|
On 4 December 1958 the Office of Naval Research (ONR) noted that SAN CARLOS (AVP 51) was undergoing conversion to an oceanographic research vessel and asked that her name be changed to JOSIAH W GIBBS for an American scientist (died in 1903) who was an authority in statistical mechanics and whose texts were still in use in connection with oceanography. This prompted a comparison with CHAIN (ARS 20) which had previously been converted to an oceanographic research vessel but was still designated ARS 20. (She was finally reclassified AGOR 17 on 1 Apr 1967.) It was noted that SAN CARLOS was not included in mobilization needs while CHAIN was, and that when ONR was through with SAN CARLOS she would be disposed of. On 15 December 1958 Change 12 to SECNAV Instruction 5030.1A of 27 October 1955 (List of classifictions of naval vessels and service craft) added the category Oceanographic Research Ship (AGOR) in the paragraph for Auxiliary Vessels. It also changed the name SAN CARLOS and designation AVP 51 to JOSIAH WILLARD GIBBS (AGOR 1).
AGOR 2 was originally to have been ex-ARS 20 but this was cancelled. H U SVERDRUP was built in a Norwegian shipyard to a Norwegian design under the USN offshore procurement program (OSP).
|2||Norwegian H U SVERDRUP||FY 1959. Given to Norway 1960.|
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon