USS Patapsco AOG-1

Patapsco: A river in Maryland rising in Carroll County and emptying into Chesapeake Bay.

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
 Laid down, 25 May 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull,
under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Launched, 18 August 1942 Commissioned USS Patapsco (AOG-1), 4 February 1943
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange - Recommissioned, 19 October 1950
Decommissioned, 29 June 1955, at Astoria, OR.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
Reinstated in the Naval Register in 1965 - Recommissioned, 18 June 1966
Decommissioned & Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1974 - Custody transferred to MARAD
Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 1 November 1979, converted into the fishing trawler Arctic Storm

Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) Length 310' 9" Beam 48' 6" Draft 15' 8" Speed 15.5 kts.
Complement 131 Armament [4] 3"/50 dual purpose guns [12] single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo 2,210 DWT Propulsion [4] GE diesel electric engines, twin shafts, 3,300hp

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Unlike the big fleet oilers designed to replenish carrier task forces at sea, the AOG was designed to transfer fuel to shore stations, though some could conduct replenishment at sea.

Not generally considered "front line" duty, the role of AOGs during wartime has been underreported. For example, off Iwo Jima, some AOGs carried potable water for use by the Marines ashore, a job which required the AOG to close the beach in close proximity of the fighting. One such ship was USS Tombigbee       from: AOGs- gas pipeline at sea

USS Patapsco AOG-1, after her launch at the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA. yard 18 August 1942

USS Patapsco AOG-1, at the fitting out yard.     -    [3] images are from Aukevisser

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Type: Trawler/Processor     Owner: Arctic Storm LLC    Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Call Sign: WTQ5896 Length: 101.8 meters Beam: 14.83 meters Tonnage: 4,068 GT
Year of Build: 1943 Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation, Tacoma, WA Yard Number: 12
Name History: USS Patapsco (AOG-1), 1943-79

View a floating  Fish Factory also home ported in Seattle & also a converted naval ship.

Here is another AOG being reused. Click image for source!

USS Ochlockonee AOG-33 as M/T Vincent Tibbets being sunk  on 5 Sept. 2002, as Reef off Ocean City, NJ  

Ochlockonee; A river in Georgia and Florida   Navsource  

Music by TIM BARRON SM3 1968-70 USS Kawishiwi AO-146