SS Beaver State (T-ACS-10)
|Name:||SS Beaver State|
|Builder:||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||13 April 1964|
|Launched:||14 January 1965|
|Acquired:||2 April 1987|
|Out of service:||28 July 2006|
|Notes:||Launched as SS Mormacdraco|
|Class and type:||Keystone State-class crane ship|
|Length:||665 ft 8 in (202.90 m)|
|Beam:||75 ft 0 in (22.86 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)|
|Propulsion:||two boilers, two steam turbines, single propeller, 13,851 shaft horsepower (10,329 kW)|
|Speed:||20.4 kn (23.5 mph; 37.8 km/h)|
|Capacity:||45,750 square feet (4,250 m2) of Cargo|
Full Operational Status: 89 civilian marinersReduced Operational Status: 10 civilian mariners
Beaver State was laid down on 13 April 1964, as the break-bulk freighter, SS Mormacdraco, ON 299008, IMO 6507921, a Maritime Administration type (C6-S-60a) hull, under MARAD contract (MA 144). Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc., Pascagoula, MS, hull no. 487, she was launched on 14 January 1965 and delivered to MARAD 28 May 1965, for service with Moore-McCormack Lines. In 1976 the ship was lengthened and converted to a partial container ship by Todd Ship Yard, Galveston, TX. She was sold to United States Lines in 1983 and renamed SS American Draco, 13 September. US Lines ceased operations in 1986 and the ship was turned over to the MARAD on 2 April 1987 and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The ship was selected for conversion to a MARAD type (C6-S-MA60b) crane ship, but conversion was canceled, 12 January 1990. Conversion resumed in 1992, but was not completed by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA until 4 May 1997, when she was placed in service as SS Beaver State (T-ACS-10) and assigned to the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), under operation control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC). Beaver State was berthed at Bremerton, WA. and assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three and was maintained in a five-day readiness status. She was removed from MSC control and withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the NDRF on 28 July 2006. She was converted for the Missile Defense Agency at Cascade General Shipyards, Portland, OR. to an X-Band Transportable Radar Ship, designated (XTR-1) and renamed SS Pacific Tracker, 1 April 2009.
- Silverstone 2011 p. 237
- Silverstone, Paul (2011). The Navy of the Nuclear Age, 1947-2007. Routledge. ISBN 1135864667.
- NavSource Naval History
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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