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|USNS Marine Fiddler (T-AK-267)|
|Name:||USNS Marine Fiddler|
|Builder:||Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.|
|Laid down:||15 December 1944|
|Launched:||15 May 1945|
|Acquired:||31 August 1945|
|Out of service:||14 July 1973|
|Struck:||31 March 1986|
|Notes:||Ship International Radio Callsign:NNYC|
|Propulsion:||steam turbine, single propeller, 9,000shp|
|Complement:||57 Merchant Marine|
USNS Marine Fiddler was a Alchiba-Class Cargo Ship that served the United States Merchant Marine during the Korean and Vietnam war. Laid down on 15 December 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 753),she was built at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania. She was launched on 15 May 1945 and delivered 31 August 1945. Operated by Agwillines, Inc., she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay, California on 23 May 1946.
Service with Maritime AdministrationEdit
From 7 February to 27 March 1952, Marine Fiddler was activated and operated by American President Lines for the Maritime Administration before returning to the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay. On 8 October 1952, she was again reactivated by MARAD and was operated by American President Lines. Marine Fiddler was acquired by the Navy 10 December 1952 and was designated T‑AK‑267. The ship, under control of MSTS Pacific, provided support for American and U.N. forces in Korea combatting Communist aggression. Converted to a heavy lift cargo ship 29 March 1954, she saw worldwide service, carrying oversized and bulky equipment in her special holds.
In 1960, she carried the components for the portable nuclear powerplant, which was installed at Thule AFB, Greenland. On 4 December 1962, the ship rescued the crew of the storm‑damaged sloop Seascape, which was drifting 355 miles east of Cape Hatteras. The AK carried the French bathyscape Archimedes from Toulon, France, to San Juan, P.R., in April 1964. The heavy bathyscape was being used in oceanographic research operations in the Puerto Rican Trench. When U.S. forces left France in early 1967, Marine Fiddler, with other MSTS ships, transported heavy equipment to other bases in Europe. The heavy lift cargo ship continued to supply American oversea bases in the Atlantic and Mediterranean areas, with occasional special cargo runs to Southeast Asia into 1969. Marine Fiddler was under the operational control of MSTS Atlantic.
The ship would continue to serve the Asia-Pacific region for 3 more years before finally being brought out of service on 14 July 1973 for layup in the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet in Lee Hall, Virginia. On 31 March 1986, she was struck from the Naval Register and her title was transferred to the Maritime Administration on 26 October 1989. The ship remained there for an additional 14 years before being towed to Bay Bridge Enterprises on 30 October 2003. By 13 November 2004, she was listed as scrapped.
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