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USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP 195) ca. 1956.
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Class: MARINE ADDER (AP 193, C4-S-A3)
Design: MC C4-S-A3
Displacement (tons): 10,210 light, 16,800 full
Dimensions (feet): 523' oa, 496' wl x 72' e/wl x 26' max nav
Accommodations: 380-406 officers, 3,548-3,621 others including troops (berthing)
Speed (kts.): 17 (18 in 199 and 202)
Propulsion (HP): 9,000
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (465psi/765deg, 525psi/765deg in 199 and 202), 1 screw
|193||MARINE ADDER||24 Jul 1950||Kaiser, Richmond #3||7 Mar 1945||16 May 1945||1 Aug 1950|
|194||MARINE LYNX||23 Jul 1950||Kaiser, Vancouver||9 Dec 1944||17 Jul 1945||1 Aug 1950|
|195||MARINE PHOENIX||21 Jul 1950||Kaiser, Vancouver||16 Dec 1944||9 Aug 1945||Aug 1950|
|199||MARINE CARP||17 Mar 1952||Kaiser, Vancouver||6 Dec 1944||5 Jul 1945||15 Sep 1952/S|
|200||MARINE JUMPER||7 May 1952||Kaiser, Vancouver||28 Nov 1944||30 May 1945||Canc|
|201||MARINE MARLIN||1 May 1952||Kaiser, Vancouver||13 Dec 1944||28 Jul 1945||Canc|
|202||MARINE SERPENT||8 May 1952||Kaiser, Vancouver||30 Nov 1944||12 Jun 1945||Sep 1952|
|193||MARINE ADDER||T||5 Jun 1958/C||6 Jun 1958||5 Jun 1958||MA/T||4 Aug 1967|
|194||MARINE LYNX||T||1 May 1958/C||1 May 1958||1 May 1958||MA/T||4 Aug 1967|
|195||MARINE PHOENIX||T||2 Nov 1958/C||3 Nov 1958||2 Nov 1958||MA||25 Aug 1967|
|199||MARINE CARP||T||9 Oct 1957||11 Sep 1958||11 Sep 1958||MA/T||20 Jul 1967|
|200||MARINE JUMPER||T||--||--||10 Jun 1952||MA||Apr 1966|
|201||MARINE MARLIN||T||--||--||12 Jun 1952||MA||8 Jun 1965|
|202||MARINE SERPENT||T||17 Aug 1955/C||17 Aug 1955||17 Aug 1955||MA||16 Jul 1968|
AP 193-195 were among 18 Maritime Admiminstration ships to be transferred to the Navy for which names, classification, and hull numbers were approved on 31 Jul 1950.
SECNAV on 7 Feb 1951 wrote to the Secretary of Commerce that an urgent requirement had developed to provide additional trooplift for the armed services which could not be met by the transports currently assigned to MSTS. The Navy had determined that the requirement could be satisfied initially by the acquisition of five C4 type transports. SECNAV therefore requested that MA transfer title to and possession of five of these ships to the Navy. On the next day Commander MSTS authorized COMSTSLANT and COMSTSPAC to accept delivery of these ships from MA and to activate them for operation by 1, 5, and 10 April for the three ships on the East Coast (including GEN OMAR BUNDY, AP 152, and MARINE CARP, AP 199) and by 20 and 25 March for the two ships on the West Coast (MARINE SERPENT [name and hull not stated] and MARINE CARDINAL (same, although if extensive repars were required to the main engines of the latter, GEN O H ERNST, AP 133, was to be substituted)). The ships were to be activated to provide maximum troop capacity. On 12 Feb 1951 MSTS headquarters cancelled this directive promising further instructions later. On 12 February 1951 Commander MSTS recommended retaining the names and assigning the bow numbers AP 199 to MARINE CARDINAL (Pacific), AP 200 to MARINE JUMPER (Atlantic), AP 201 to MARINE MARLIN (Atlantic), and AP 202 to MARINE SERPENT (Pacific). On 23 February 1951 the Navy requested that this acquisition be held in abeyance and instead recommended that some of these ships should be withdrawn from the NDRF and after essential repairs by the MA that they should be maintained in a ready status.
On 30 January 1952 Commander MSTS wrote to MARAD that the Navy's Program Objectives for FY 1953 included a provision for the acquisition of four C4 type transports for assignment to MSTS and conversion to full troop capacity. The Navy asked that MA authorize MSTS personnel to board MARINE CARP, MARINE JUMPER, MARINE MARLIN, and MARINE SERPENT to survey them and prepare specifications for bids for the conversions. On 13 March 1952 SECNAV wrote to MARAD that it had now been determined that four transports of the C4 type (in addition to T-AP 193-195) were needed by the Navy for transfer to MSTS as replacements for the six VC2 (Victory) type transports (T-AP 187-192) then in service. It was planned to return the six VC2 vessels to MA when replacement had been made. The Navy therefore requested transfer of MARINE CARP, MARINE JUMPER, MARINE MARLIN, and MARINE SERPENT (T-AP 199-202). MARAD agreed on 25 March 1952.
|193||MARINE ADDER||2383||Completed 5 Oct 1945. To SBRF 13 Feb 1948. To MSTS custody 24 Jul 1950. Converted 1952 at Portland, Ore., to increase her troop capacity and add to her safety-at-sea equipment. To MA custody in Astoria reserve fleet 5 Jun 1958 (there 052359Z, trf by MSTS to MA 060054Z, still 5 Jun local). Merc. TRANSCOLORADO Aug 1967. Sold to BU 25 Jan 1988.|
|194||MARINE LYNX||2363||Completed 22 Oct 1945. To SBRF 14 Sep 1948. To MSTS custody 23 Jul 1950. Converted 1952 at Portland, Ore., to increase her troop capacity and add to her safety-at-sea equipment. To MA custody in Astoria reserve fleet (permanent transfer) 1 May 1958 (reported 2 May). Merc. TRANSCOLUMBIA Aug 1967. Sold to BU Jun 1988.|
|195||MARINE PHOENIX||2365||Completed 9 Nov 1945. To SBRF 1 Sep 1948. To MSTS custody 21 Jul 1950. Briefly placed in reduced operationsl status (ROS) in home port 14 Dec 1950. Converted May-Jul 1952 at Portland, Ore., to increase her troop capacity and add to her safety-at-sea equipment. Returned to MA custody in Astoria reserve fleet 2 Nov 1958. Merc. MOHAWK 1 Nov 1967. Sold 12 Jul 1979 to BU in Taiwan.|
|199||MARINE CARP||2362||FY 1952. Completed 11 Oct 1945. To JRRF 23 May 1949, then HRRF. To MSTS custody 17 Mar 1952, placed in service 15 Sep 1952 at Baltimore. Inactivated and placed in the Texas Group of the Navy's reserve fleet at Orange, Tex., for berthing only by MSTS on 9 Oct 1957 and permanently transferred to MA custody in the Beaumont reserve fleet on 11 Sep 1958. Merc. GREEN SPRINGS Sep 1967. Sold 13 Jul 1979 to BU in Taiwan.|
|200||MARINE JUMPER||2359||FY 1952, canc. Completed 10 Sep 1945. To Army 24 Mar 1949, to JRRF 11 Jan 1950. To Navy (MSTS) custody in JRRF 7 May 1952, returned to MA 10 Jun 1952 as excess to MSTS requirements. Sold 14 Jul 1965 for conversion to container ship, merc. PANAMA 15 Mar 1966. Resold for operation 31 Oct 1975. Sold to BU May 1988.|
|201||MARINE MARLIN||2364||FY 1952, canc. Completed 30 Oct 1945. To Army 7 Apr 1949, to JRRF 21 Oct 1949. To Navy custody in JRRF 1 May 1952, returned 12 Jun 1952. Merc. GREEN BAY 8 Jun 1965. Sunk in port of Qi Nonh, Vietnam , 17 August 1971, by underwater attack of Viet Cong frogmen, refloated but considered not worthy of repair. Towed to Hong Kong in May 1972, sold 1 July 1972, to BU.|
|202||MARINE SERPENT||2360||FY 1952. Completed 21 Sep 1945. To SBRF 1 Jul 1947. To MSTS custody 8 May 1952. In service 13 Sep 1952. Returned to MA custody in the Olympia reserve fleet 17 Aug 1955. Sold 16 Jul 1968 for conversion to container ship, to buyer 9 Aug 1968, merc. GALVESTON 13 Mar 1969. BU in Taiwan Nov 1987.|
Compiled: 14 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC