Thursday, November 25, 2010

TS State of Maine Heading the Breakers

The last ride of the state of Maine USNS Upshur.


USNS UPSHUR, STATE OF MAINE III is underway to the ship breaker in Brownsville Texas.

Attached is a final photo taken by Carl Castiglioni. Interestingly Carl worked with me on the Harkness final days prior to starting the TANNER conversion into the current STATE OF MAINE IV.

I must say that the Drydock Photo certainly looks better than the Photos while in USCG possession on the beach in Mobile.

Sad day for a grand ship that provided the Merchant Marine with a long string of Licensed Officers.

Larry



Captain Larry Wade

Master, T.S. STATE OF MAINE

Maine Maritime Academy

Waterfront

Castine, Maine 04420

USA



Dear All,



1) Please note that the T/S STATE OF MAINE (ex: Upshur) has departed Signal Ship Repair, DD #1. She is currently under tow by the tug Colonel, from Dann Ocean Towing, bound for International Ship Breakers, Brownsville, TX.

2) Notable undocking times/events, are as follows:

· Commenced Flooding DD: 0410

· Water Touching Keel: 0505

· Hold @ 18-foot Draft Line for WT Integrity Checks: 0600 => 0640, all satisfactory.

· Pilot onboard: ~0605

· Pilot Requested an addition tug to assist exiting DD: 0645

· Complete making all WT Closures and commence flood DD: 0650

· Fully Afloat: 0703 (19’ Fwd, 22’ 06” Aft, ½ deg Stbd List)

· Bow Crossed Sill: 0715

3) The S/Y Invoice is settled and signed @ $427,016.50 against an award value of $543,931.00. Final reports and PAS close-out to follow.

4) I’m closing down the S/Y site office this afternoon and fly out tomorrow morning.

5) The attached photo of the good ship was taken at 0400-hrs, from my final drydock walk through.

6) From yesterday’s (2010-11-17) aborted refloat / departure evolution, the following DD times apply:

· Commenced Flooding DD: 0700-hrs

· Water Touching Keel: 0705-hrs

· Hold @ 12-foot Draft Line for WT Integrity Checks: 0740-hrs

· First Leak (#1 Cargo Hold, Lwr Lvl, Stbd) Discovered: ~0830-hrs

· Second Leak (Mn E/Rm, Lwr Lvl, Pt): ~0855

· Third Leak (Shaft Alley, Aft) Discovered: ~0905

· Cancellation Order Issued: ~0906

· Commenced Pumping Out DD: 0910

· DD Floor Dry: 0952

Respectfully Yours,

Carl Castiglioni

Engineering Superintendent Interocean American Shipping, Corp (IAS)

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The last ride of the state of Maine USNS Upshur.

USNS UPSHUR, STATE OF MAINE III is underway to the ship breaker in Brownsville Texas.

Attached is a final photo taken by Carl Castiglioni. Interestingly Carl worked with me on the Harkness final days prior to starting the TANNER conversion into the current STATE OF MAINE IV.

I must say that the Drydock Photo certainly looks better than the Photos while in USCG possession on the beach in Mobile.

Sad day for a grand ship that provided the Merchant... (read more)...

1 comment:

  1. I was aboard the USNS UPSHUR in 1967 to Viet Nam Other than hitting a Typhoon BOUT 3 Days out it was an cool crossing ! Merchant Marines built a Kite and we flew it off the Stern ( I have Pic's and Have to Post ) We were stopped a sea ,Captain's Order's , before we Docked at Naha , Capt wanted to make sure we would have to spend Hr's there to get on Land ! As a Marine we had full liberty with pay oh yes we got DRUNK ! we set sail and then Stopped off coast of DaNang RVN we were in total black out and Hanoi Hanna ( Jane Fonda?) announced that we had been sunk ! I Remember my name was mentioned as Killed,even had my Military ID Number! That was 1967 ! She was a great ship !
    Sgt John J Gordon USMC (lcgjjg@aol.com)

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