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USNS T-AKL 17.

USNS T-AKL 17.
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Class: AKL 17 (ARMY FS DESIGN 381 PART 2)
Design: Army Design 381 (176', steel)
Displacement (tons): 500 light, 935 full. Other light: (24) 555; (26-28) 580, (IX 308) 526
Dimensions (feet): 177' oa, 172' wl x 32' e x 10' max nav; (IX 308) 164' wl
Armament: none; (AKL 28: 1969) 2-20mmT
Accommodations: 7-10 officers, 13-16 unlicensed; (32) 10/32; (IX 308) 8/16
Speed (kts.): 12
Propulsion (HP): 1,000
Machinery: Geared diesel, 2 screws

Construction:
AKLNameAcqBuilderContractCompletedSvc
15-16AKL 15-16, see FS Design 330----------
17T-AKL 17 (NEW BEDFORD)1 Mar 1950Wheeler SB, Brooklyn24 Apr 1943ca Mar 19451 Mar 1950
18-20AKL 18-20, see FS Design 330----------
21T-AKL 211 Jul 1950Wheeler SB, Brooklyn24 Apr 19438 Jul 19441 Jul 1950
22T-AKL 221 Jul 1950Wheeler SB, Brooklyn24 Apr 19439 Nov 19441 Jul 1950
23T-AKL 231 Jul 1950Wheeler SB, Brooklyn24 Apr 194328 Feb 19451 Jul 1950
24T-AKL 241 Jul 1950J H Mathis, Camden24 Apr 19431 Mar 19441 Jul 1950
25T-AKL 25 (BANNER)1 Jul 1950Kewaunee SB/Engg30 Sep 194331 Jul 19441 Jul 1950
26T-AKL 261 Jul 1950Sturgeon Bay SB/DD24 Apr 19436 Jul 19441 Jul 1950
27T-AKL 271 Jul 1950Sturgeon Bay SB/DD24 Apr 194331 Jul 19441 Jul 1950
28T-AKL 28 (BRULE)1 Jul 1950Sturgeon Bay SB/DD24 Apr 194328 Jul 19441 Jul 1950
29T-AKL 291 Jul 1950Sturgeon Bay SB/DD24 Apr 194319 Aug 19441 Jul 1950
30T-AKL 301 Jul 1950Ingalls SB, Decatur23 Sep 194328 Feb 19451 Jul 1950
31T-AKL 311 Jul 1950Hickinbotham Bros, Stockton24 Apr 194330 Dec 19441 Jul 1950
32T-AKL 321 Jul 1950United Concrete Pipe, Los Angeles24 Apr 194330 Oct 19441 Jul 1950
33T-AKL 33, see FS Design 342----------
34T-AKL 341 Nov 1950Kewaunee SB/Engg30 Sep 1943Jun 19441 Nov 1950
35T-AKL 351 Nov 1950Ingalls SB, Decatur23 Sep 1943Jul 19441 Nov 1950
36T-AKL 361 Nov 1950Ingalls SB, Decatur23 Sep 1943ca Feb 19451 Nov 1950

Disposition:
AKLNameTInactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
17T-AKL 17 (NEW BEDFORD)T19634 Apr 199511 Jun 1996Sold--
21T-AKL 21TJun 19521 Apr 195918 Mar 1960Sold--
22T-AKL 22TMay 19531 Jul 196119 Jun 1962Sold--
23T-AKL 23TMay 19531 Apr 195929 Jun 1960Sold--
24T-AKL 24Tca 19591 Feb 195923 Jun 1960Sold--
25T-AKL 25 (BANNER)TSee AGER 1--------
26T-AKL 26TJul 19541 Apr 196019 Sep 1960Sold--
27T-AKL 27TFeb 195817 Apr 196617 Jun 1971Sold--
28T-AKL 28 (BRULE)T1 Nov 197115 Nov 19741 Nov 1971Loan--
29T-AKL 29TJul 19601 Aug 19609 Nov 1960Sold--
30T-AKL 30TSep 19541 Jul 196131 Oct 1961Sold--
31T-AKL 31T197021 Dec 19706 May 1971Trf.--
32T-AKL 32TMay 19531 Jul 196120 Mar 1962Sold--
34T-AKL 34TDec 19531 Oct 195829 Mar 1960Sold--
35T-AKL 35TMay 195515 Nov 19746 Sep 1956Loan--
36T-AKL 36TSep 19541 Nov 195916 Jan 1961Sold--

Class Notes:
Design 381 was the basic Army 176' FS type, built at 11 yards with Wheeler SB Corp of Brooklyn probably the lead yard. They included FS 253-292, 309-319, 343-356, 361-374, 383-400, 404-411, 524-529, 546-550, and 552-554. FS 368-370 were of Design 381A, a refrigerated variant. AKL 15-17 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. AKL 18-32 were 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. Of these, FS 345 (CAPT WILLIAM W GALT), later T-AKL 25 (BANNER), was in Army service in the Antilles in Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. AKL 33-36 were among Army vessels and service craft in Alaska that MSTS and the Army's Chief of Transportation mutually agreed would be transferred on 1 Nov 50 for which classification and hull numbers were approved on 31 Oct 1950.

BANNER and BRULE received names when they were transferred from MSTS and commissioned in the regular navy in 1952. On 21 August 1961 Commander MSTS Atlantic Area wrote that for about four years USNS T-AKL 17 had been employed in the logistic support of the Texas Towers and recommended that to maintain crew morale the ship be given a name. He recommended the name NEW BEDFORD after the ship's home port. Commander MSTS concurred four days later, but the matter then languished until Commander MSTS sent CNO a naval message on 19 October 1961 saying that the ship was due to receive a smart ship award on 24 October and he wanted to combine the renaming ceremony with it. CNO responded on 23 October with a phone call and naval message approving the name change and followed up with the usual paper notice, also dated 23 October.

Ship Notes:
AKLNameMANotes
17T-AKL 17 (NEW BEDFORD)(ex-FS 289, compl. 1944). Admin control from MSTS Balboa (Canal Zone) to MSTS Atlantic Area 19 Apr 1957, used to resupply from New Bedford three Air Force Texas Towers off Cape Cod, Nantucket, and New Jersey, of which the latter collapsed into the sea during a storm on 15 Jan 1961. Named NEW BEDFORD 23 Oct 1961 (ceremony on board 20 Nov 1961). CNO on 29 July 1963 directed transfer to the Naval Torpedo Station at Keyport, Wash., for use as a torpedo range vessel, ship arrived at Keyport and transferred by MSTS 26 Aug 1963, name cancelled and ship designated equipment same date. Converted to mother ship for torpedo retrievers by Western Boat Building Co, Tacoma, Wash, Nov 1963, struck 26 Nov 1963. Re-designated as "activity craft" with the Keyport torpedo station as her user activity 4 Feb 1964. Reinstated on the list in Feb 1969 as IX 308 with name NEW BEDFORD as a torpedo test firing vessel. Out of service 28 Oct 1994, stricken 4 Apr 1995, sold 11 Jun 1996 by DRMS for further use. Later merc. GHOST, Tuna longliner SEA BIRD out of San Diego by May 2007.
21T-AKL 21(ex-FS 259, compl. 8 Jul 1944) (ex-PVT ROBERT T HENRY). In Army service at Panama in Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1952-59 (in service in reserve at Orange, Texas, to 1956). On Navy sale list Apr 1959. Merc. KIRK STAR and NORTHUMBERLAND (converted to trawler). Hit a gas pipeline, blew up and sank off Sabine, Tex., 3 Oct 1989.
22T-AKL 22(ex-FS 276, compl. 9 Nov 1944). In Army storage in Japan Aug 1949. In USN reserve 1952-61. Sale list Jul 1961. Sold to Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc, of Seattle, to buyer 29 Jun 1962, Kuwaiti shrimp processing ship DASMAN 10, 1963.
23T-AKL 23(ex-FS 288, compl. 28 Feb 1945). In Army service in the Philippines Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1952-59. On Navy sale list Apr 1959. Later merc. PUERTO ACAPULCO 1961, then CHILPANCINGO (Mexican). Wrecked in Baja California 31 Aug 1967.
24T-AKL 24(ex-FS 309, compl. 1 Mar 1944). To Navy reserve 9 Feb 1959, on Navy sale list Feb 1959. Offered for sale 25 Mar 1960 with bids to be opened 25 Apr 1960. Merc. PRESIDENT OSMENA (Philippine President Lines) 1961, finally GEMINI 1967. Deleted after 1980.
25T-AKL 25 (BANNER)(ex-FS 345, compl. 31 Jul 1944) (ex-CAPT WILLIAM W GALT). Transferred from MSTS to USN 11 Sep 1952 and commissioned as BANNER 1952. Converted to environmental research ship at NSY Puget Sound Aug-Oct 1965 and reclassified AGER 1 (q.v.) effective 1 Jun 1967.
26T-AKL 26(ex-FS 368, compl. 6 Jul 1944). Design 381-A (refrigerated variant). In Army service at Hawaii Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1954-60. On disposal list Mar 1960, first reported sold Apr 1960. Merc. NEW PROVIDENCE 1961, TEMAC 1964, NEW PROVIDENCE 1967, wrecked off Cat Is., Bahamas, 5 Feb 1975.
27T-AKL 27(ex-FS 369, compl. 31 Jul 1944). Design 381-A (refrigerated variant). In Army service at Hawaii Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1958-66. Stricken by CNO letter of 22 Apr 1966 effective 27 Apr 1966. Hulk used as salvage training device 1966-1971. Sold 1971 to Mitsui & Co., to buyer 1 Jul 1971.
28T-AKL 28 (BRULE)(ex-FS 370, compl 28 Jul 1944). Design 381-A (refrigerated variant). In Army service at Hawaii Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. Transferred from MSTS to USN 8 Aug 1952 and commissioned as BRULE on 31 Oct 1952. Out of comm. 6 Dec 1956 to 1 Sep 1965 and used as a shuttle vessel between Subic Bay and Sangley Point. Recomm. 1 Sep 1965 and served in Vietnam with a cylindrical deckhouse over the stern. Decomm. and leased 1 Nov 1971 to South Korea as UL SAN or ULSAN (AKL 910), sold to South Korea Nov 1974. Deleted 1982 but name already to a new frigate c1980.
29T-AKL 29(ex-FS 371, compl. 19 Aug 1944). In Army service in Japan Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. To reserve for disposal 30 Jun 1960. First reported sold May 1960. Merc. MENARA MAS 1961, finally KING TOWER 1966. BU at Singapore Feb 1972.
30T-AKL 30(ex-FS 400, compl. 28 Feb 1945). In Army service in Japan Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1954-61. On Navy sale list Jul 1961. Custody transferred 31 Oct 1961 and title transferred 28 Dec 1961 to the Seattle Biological Laboratory of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, Department of the Interior, as GEORGE B KELEZ (refrigerated). To NOAA 1970-80. Training ship EARL "BULL" SHEPARD of the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship 1982-1994, fishing vessel CROYANCE 1994, REST EXPRESS 1997, MON REPOS 1998, MONREPOS EXPRESS 1999, CROYANCE 2005, renovated 2006 into menhaden seiner SMUGGLERS POINT, at Reedville, VA, in Nov 2022.
31T-AKL 31(ex-FS 407, compl. 30 Dec 1944). Stricken 21 Dec 1970 with AG 335 (ex LSM 335) for transfer to the Trust Territory Government of the Pacific Islands for use as additions to their inter-island fleet. Custody transferred on 6 May 1971 by COMSCFE to the Department of the Interior at Naha, Okinawa. Renamed ROBERT A DEBRUM 1971, BU 1982.
32T-AKL 32(ex-FS 548, compl. 30 Oct 1944). In Army storage in Japan Aug 1949. In USN reserve 1952-61. Sale list Jul 1961, merc. CARLOS MIGUEL (Colombian) 1961, TANGIER ISLAND (at Reedville, Va., probably a menhaden seiner) 1970.
34T-AKL 34(ex-FS 343) (ex SGT ELLIS R WEICHT). In Army service in Alaska Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1953-58. On Navy sale list Oct 1958.
35T-AKL 35(ex-FS 383) (ex-LT THOMAS W WIGLE). In Army service in Alaska Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. To USN reserve 1955. Loaned 1956 to South Korea as MA SAN or MASAN (AKL 909). Sold to South Korea Nov 1974. Deleted and name to a new frigate 1984.
36T-AKL 36(ex-FS 398) (ex CPL JOHN J PINDER JR). In Army service in Alaska Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1954-59. On disposal list Nov 1959. Offered for sale 9 Dec 1960, bid opening date 6 Jan 1961. Merc. BERTHA ANN 1963, finally LIBERTY I 2010. Derelict at Cristobal, Panama by Oct 2016.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 8 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: Miramar Ship Index (https://www.miramarshipindex.nz/)