|USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21)|
|Name:||SS South Bend Victory|
|Builder:||Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon|
|Laid down:||11 May 1945|
|Launched:||30 June 1945|
|In service:||27 July 1945|
|Out of service:||22 October 1953|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Navy, 2 August 1957|
|Acquired:||2 August 1957|
|In service:||8 October 1958|
|Out of service:||1988|
|Struck:||4 March 1988|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 4 March 1988|
|Type:||Oceanographic survey ship|
4,420 long tons (4,491 t) light|
13,050 long tons (13,259 t) full
|Length:||455 ft (139 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Draft:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||Cross compound steam turbine with double reduction gear, 6,000–8,500 hp (4.5–6.3 MW)|
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) was the lead ship of her class of oceanographic survey ships for the United States Navy. Launched as the SS South Bend Victory in 1945, Maritime Commission hull number MCV 694, a type VC2-S-AP3 Victory ship, she was named for Nathaniel Bowditch, the second U.S. Navy vessel named in his honor. The ship was acquired by the Navy in August 1957 and converted to an AGS at Charleston Naval Shipyard. Named Bowditch on 8 August 1957 and placed in service 8 October 1958 for operation by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS).
SS South Bend Victory[edit | edit source]
SS South Bend Victory was a World War II era Victory ship. She was laid down on 11 May 1945 and delivered to the Maritime Commission on 30 June 1945. The ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy in August 1957, renamed Bowditch, and converted to an Oceanographic Survey Ship (AGS) at the Charleston Naval Shipyard from 10 October 1957 to 30 September 1958.
USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21[edit | edit source]
The second Bowditch, USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21, was placed in service on 8 October 1958 and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service. She was manned by a civilian crew.
Bowditch was operated by the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for the U.S. Navy Office of Special Projects in support of the U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. Three ships were converted for this purpose: Bowditch, and identical sister ships Dutton and Michelson.
Attached aboard Bowditch was a US Navy Oceanographic Detachment, upgraded ca. May 1966 to an Oceanographic Unit, of approximately 3 officers and 22 enlisted personnel, mostly technicians. Varying numbers of civilian scientists and engineers managed survey operations, and maintained certain navigation and sonar equipment, usually about 12 oceanographers from the Naval Oceanographic Office, some personnel from the Naval Applied Sciences Laboratory, and about 7 technical representatives from private corporations.
Bowditch was taken out of service and Disposed of by MARAD exchange 4 March 1988.
References[edit | edit source]
- http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b8/bowditch-i.htm | Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships - Bowditch (AGS-21)
- http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/AGS21.htm | Naval Vessel Register - Bowditch (AGS 21) (ex-MCV 694)
- Memorial web site for USNS Bowditch, USNS Dutton and USNS Michelson
- Photo gallery of USS Bowditch at NavSource Naval History
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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- [web site for USNS Bowditch, USNS Dutton and USNS Michelson]
- Navy Survey Ship (AGS) Designator Listing
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