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USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK 237) on 5 December 1957 in Kainan Bay, Antarctica.

USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK 237) on 5 December 1957 in Kainan Bay, Antarctica.
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Class: GREENVILLE VICTORY (T-AK 237) (VC2-S-AP3)
Design: MC VC2-S-AP3
Displacement (tons): 4,512 light, 15,200 full
Dimensions (feet): 455' oa, 444' wl x 62' e/wl x 29' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 14 officers, 35 unlicensed
Speed (kts.): 17
Propulsion (HP): 8,500
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (465psi/750deg), 1 screw

Construction:
AKNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
237GREENVILLE VICTORY1 Mar 1950California SB21 Mar 194424 May 19441 Mar 1950
238HAITI VICTORY1 Mar 1950Permanente Metals #224 Apr 194420 Jul 19441 Mar 1950
239KINGSPORT VICTORY1 Mar 1950California SB4 Apr 194429 May 19441 Mar 1950
240PVT JOHN R TOWLE1 Mar 1950Oregon SB9 Dec 194419 Jan 19451 Mar 1950
256DALTON VICTORY31 Jul 1950California SB8 Apr 19446 Jun 19449 Aug 1950

Disposition:
AKNameTInact/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
237GREENVILLE VICTORYT22 Mar 1976/C16 Jan 198117 Feb 1983MA/S--
238HAITI VICTORYT----(Jul 1959)To AGM 3--
239KINGSPORT VICTORYT----14 Nov 1961To AG 164--
240PVT JOHN R TOWLET25 Aug 1980/C31 Jul 198226 May 1982MA/S--
256DALTON VICTORYT----(Jul 1959)To AGM 5--

Class Notes:
As of 31 August 1948 the Army had 21 Victory (VC2) cargo ships, including twelve of the more powerful VC2-S-AP3 type and nine of the VC2-S-AP2 type. By this time the Victory cargo ship had replaced the Liberty ship in the Army fleet except for the large-hatch Z-EC2-S-C5 type (see the AKV 6 class). Four Army VC2-S-AP3 cargo ships, OGLETHORPE VICTORY, PLYMOUTH VICTORY, CARROLL VICTORY and LAWRENCE VICTORY, were laid up or sold commercial in 1948-1949 and DALTON VICTORY was laid up in 1950, leaving seven to pass to the Navy in 1950. Of these, three had hatches that had been enlarged by the Army and the Navy classed them as aircraft transports (AKV 3-5). The remaining four, AK 237-240, were among the Army ships operating out of continental US ports that were to be acquired on 1 Mar 1950 for which names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 21 Feb 1950. DALTON VICTORY (AK 256), recalled from layup, was among 18 Maritime Admiminstration ships to be transferred to the Navy for which names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 31 Jul 1950. Of these five ships, two became missile range instrumentation ships in 1959 (see the LONGVIEW (T-AGM 3) class), and one became a trials ship for the development of satellite communications (see the KINGSPORT (T-AG 164) class), leaving only two to continue serving as cargo ships in the 1960s and 1970s.

The basic Victory ship measured 455.25' overall, 444' at the waterline, and 436.5' between perpendiculars. The length between perpendiculars was sometimes reported as the waterline length, leading to conflicting reports.

Ship Notes:
AKNameMCVNotes
237GREENVILLE VICTORY18Completed 8 Jul 1944. To Army 30 Mar 1948. To buyer 26 May 1983.
238HAITI VICTORY532Completed 18 Sep 1944. To Army from MC 14 Apr 1948, from Army to MSTS 1 Mar 1950. On range after AGM conversion circa July 1959, redesignated LONGVIEW (T-AGM 3, q.v.) effective 27 Nov 1960. For her AGM service and disposal see the LONGVIEW (T-AGM 3) class.
239KINGSPORT VICTORY20Completed 12 Jul 1944. From MC to Army 8 Apr 1948. To MSTS as AK 239 1 Mar 1950 (delivered 24 Mar 1950). Redesignated KINGSPORT (T-AG 164, q.v.) on 14 November 1961. For her AG service and disposal see the KINGSPORT (T-AG 164) class
240PVT JOHN R TOWLE162Ex merc. APPLETON VICTORY, completed 23 Mar 1945. To Army 20 Jun 1946. Hull ice-strengthened and conducted annual Antarctic resupply missions 1956-61 and 1963-70. Still active there in 1980 and also operated off Greenland. Replaced by NORTHERN LIGHT (T-AK 284). To MA custody 25 Aug 1980. To buyer 4 Jun 1982.
256DALTON VICTORY21Completed 19 Jul 1944. To Army from MC 2 Apr 1948, to MA reserve 20 Feb 1950, to MSTS 6 Aug 1950. On range after AGM conversion circa July 1959, redesignated SUNNYVALE (T-AGM 5, q.v.) effective 27 Nov 1960. For her AGM service and disposal see the LONGVIEW (T-AGM 3) class.

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Compiled: 7 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021