Grand Canyon State
|Name:||SS Grand Canyon State|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA|
|Laid down:||20 March 1964|
|Launched:||23 January 1965|
|Acquired:||4 November 1965|
|In service:||4 March 1965|
|Status:||In ready reserve since 1986.|
|Notes:||Launched as SS President Polk|
|Class and type:||Keystone State-class crane ship|
|Length:||668 ft 5 in (203.73 m)|
|Beam:||76 ft 1 in (23.19 m)|
|Draft:||33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)|
|Propulsion:||two boilers, two steam turbines, single propeller, 17,500shp|
|Speed:||17 kn (20 mph; 31 km/h)|
|Capacity:||300+ Cargo Containers|
Full Operational Status: 37 civilian marinersReduced Operational Status: 10 civilian mariners
|Time to activate:||5 days|
Grand Canyon State was laid down on 20 March 1964, as the combination breakbulk-container ship SS President Polk, ON 500484, IMO 6510899, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1aq) hull under MARAD contract (MA 164). Built by National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA, hull no. 338, she was launched on 23 January 1965, and delivered to MARAD on 4 November 1965, for service with American President Lines. She was converted to a MARAD type (C6-S-1qc) container ship, in 1973, and continued to be operated by APL until delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1982 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). In 1985-1987 she was converted to a type (C6-S-MA1qd) Crane Ship by Dillingham Corporation, San Francisco, CA. She was placed in service as SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) 27 October 1987, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force, (RRF). The Grand Canyon State is assigned to the Maritime Propositioning Squadron Three and is maintained in a 5-day readiness status (ROS-5).
- Polmar 2005 p. 308
- Polmar, Norman (2005). The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1591146852.
- SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3)
- 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.
- Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory