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USNS CAPT Arlo L Olson (T-AK 245).
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Class: CAPT ARLO L OLSON (AK 245, C1-M-AV1)
Design: MC C1-M-AV1
Displacement (tons): 2,410 light, 7,440 full
Dimensions (feet): 339' oa, 320' wl x 50' e/wl x 21' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 11 officers, 27 unlicensed
Speed (kts.): 10
Propulsion (HP): 1,700
Machinery: Diesel, 1 screw

Construction:
AKNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
245CAPT ARLO L OLSON1 Mar 1950J A Jones, Brunswick2 Mar 19458 May 19451 Mar 1950
246COL WILLIAM J O'BRIEN1 Mar 1950Consolidated Steel, Long Beach17 Jan 194513 Feb 19451 Mar 1950
247PVT JOHN F THORSON1 Mar 1950Southeastern SB8 Jan 194526 Feb 19451 Mar 1950
248SGT GEORGE PETERSON1 Mar 1950Leathem D Smith SB9 Mar 194513 May 19451 Mar 1950
249SHORT SPLICE1 Mar 1950Consolidated Steel, Wilm.15 Jan 19453 Mar 19451 Mar 1950
250PVT FRANK J PETRARCA1 Jul 1950Consolidated Steel, Long Beach18 Apr 19457 Aug 19451 Jul 1950

Disposition:
AKNameTInact/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
245CAPT ARLO L OLSONT25 Oct 1956/C22 May 195822 May 1958MA/T4 Mar 1971
246COL WILLIAM J O'BRIENTAug 19731 Sep 197319 Nov 1973MA/S--
247PVT JOHN F THORSONT2 Aug 19541 Oct 19581 Aug 1960MA/S--
248SGT GEORGE PETERSONTca Mar 195922 Mar 195927 Mar 1959MA/T15 Dec 1971
249SHORT SPLICET15 Jun 197315 Jun 197331 Aug 1973MA/S--
250PVT FRANK J PETRARCAT21 Nov 1973/C15 Oct 197316 Nov 1977MA/T--

Class Notes:
After World War II the Army began to acquire small ocean-going diesel-propelled cargo ships of the Maritime Commission's C1-M-AV1 type and its refrigerated variant, the R1-M-AV3. As of 31 August 1948 it had 21 of these ships excluding those in SCAJAP, of which four were fitted as small transports and five were reefers. All were Army-owned except for one cargo C1-M-AV1 (HONDA KNOT, converting to a mortuary ship) and all five R1-M-AV3s, which were under bareboat charter. By 28 February 1950 the Army's holdings of these types had fallen to 12 ships, including four passenger (which became APC 116-119), six cargo (AK 245-250), and two refrigerated (AF 44 and AF 53). AK 245-249 were among the Army ships operating out of continental US ports that were to be acquired on 1 Mar 1950 for which Navy names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 21 Feb 1950. AK 250 was among the Army ships then operating under commands in the Far East that were to be transferred to the Navy about 1 July 1950 for which names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 7 Jun 1950. Two of the ships, AK 246 and AK 249, were given heavy lift gear in 1954, one, AK 250, was retired in 1959 but reactivated in 1960, and the other three were permanently out of naval service by the end of 1959.

Ship Notes:
AKNameMCNotes
245CAPT ARLO L OLS0N2478Ex merc. BELL RINGER, completed 11 Aug 1945. To Army 13 Aug 1946. To MA temporary custody 25 Oct 1956, permanent custody 22 May 1958. To buyer 26 Mar 1971.
246COL WILLIAM J O'BRIEN2323Ex merc. MAIDEN'S EYE, completed 10 Apr 1945. To Army 11 Jul 1946. Converted 1954 by Todd, Brooklyn, to a heavy lift ship with two 80-ton capacity booms. (The installation resembled that on PVT LEONARD C BROSTROM and MARINE FIDDLER but was smaller.) Scheduled to complete discharge at Piraeus 5 Aug 1973 when available for transfer to MA for disposal. In good condition but obsolete and due for ABS special survey no. 6. Sold by MA at Piraeus, Greece, to buyer in Elefisis Bay 27 Dec 1973.
247PVT JOHN F THORSON2486Ex merc. BECKET BEND, completed 6 Jul 1945. To Army 25 Jul 1946. To USN reserve at Charleston, S.C. 2 Aug 1954. Sold by MA with AK 157 and AK 162. To buyer 29 Aug 1960 at the Charleston Naval Base. Misspelled THORNSON on Navy naming notice.
248SGT GEORGE PETERSON2172Ex merc. COASTAL GUIDE, ex-USS WASHTENAW (AK 218), cancelled, ex-COASTAL GUIDE, completed 17 Dec 1945 at Beaumont, Tex. Operated commercially until to Army 23 Jun 1948. Served in the MSTS Gulf Subarea until inactivated in early 1959. To buyer 17 Feb 1972 for non-transportation use, converted into private yacht MARSHA LYNN. Sold 1979 to TransAlaska Fisheries Corp., a subsidiary of a corporation created by Congress to compensate Alaska Natives for loss of land, and converted to fish factory ship AL-IND-ESK-A SEA ("Aleuts, Indians, and Eskimos of Alaska in Seattle"). Caught fire from a welder's torch 20 October 1982 while undergoing repairs in Port Gardner, Everett, Washington, and sank 22 October 1982.
249SHORT SPLICE2464Ex merc. SHORT SPLICE, completed 18 May 1945. To Army 17 Jul 1946. Converted 1954 by Todd, Brooklyn, to a heavy lift ship with two 80-ton capacity booms. Operated by a Korean crew after arriving in the Far East 3 Nov 1966. To buyer at Yokosuka 18 Sep 1973.
250PVT FRANK J PETRARCA2329Ex merc. LONG SPLICE, completed 20 Sep 1945. To Army 29 Aug 1946. Stricken and to MA (title) 9 Apr 1959. From MA (title) 7 Apr 1960 and reactivated after private industry was unable to support construction on Canton Island of a telemetry tracking station to support Project Mercury. In 1962 she participated in a cost and feasibility study of year round ocean service in Alaskan waters. In 1966 she delivered supplies to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, to support Deep Freeze ‘66. With sister FENTRESS (AK 180) she was converted to a partial containership (60 containers, 20' x 8' x 8') in 1971 to resupply Adak and Kodiak. In RRS status at San Francisco in Oct 1973 when (with AK 180) declared excess to requirements. In good condition but obsolete and due for an ABS special survey. To MA custody 21 Nov 1973. To buyer 28 Dec 1977.

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