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California Maritime Academy Propeller

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    Ahoy Members and Friends, I know some of you served on U.S. Navy T-2 tankers. Here is a chance to safely see what the ship s propeller looked like. Hopefully
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 28, 2010
      Ahoy Members and Friends,
      I know some of you served on U.S. Navy T-2 tankers. Here is a chance to safely see what the ship's propeller looked like. Hopefully you never had the opportunity to see the propeller from a life raft.
      Let me know if there is a T-2 still afloat today or if you would like to share your experience aboard with others in the council. Check out http://www.t2tanker.org/ships/saugatuck.html; great photos of one once laid up in MARAD's James River reserve fleet. Also, if interested, see http://www.t2tanker.org/ships/t2tanker.html, http://www.aukevisser.nl/t2tanker and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T2_tanker. Also Mascoma, T2-SE-A2, AO 83 USN, http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ships/AO/AO-83_Mascoma.html.
      Heave Ho,

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 9:47 PM
      Subject: [PCR-NLUS] California Maritime Academy Propeller

      The propeller was cast in 1944 by Cramp Brass and Iron Foundries in Philadelphia for Marinship Corp. of Sausalito and installed on the U.S. Navy T-2 tanker Mascoma, one of 500 such ships built for Pacific fleet service (none of which remain today.) Records show she was in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. After the war, she was eventually converted into the containership S/S Transchamplain. One of her final operators was Matson Navigation Co. of San Francisco. The ship was scrapped in Kaohsiung in 1981, but the propeller was preserved and rescued from a scrapyard for its former installation at 100 Spear Street, San Francisco.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Webster, Doug
      Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 1:11 PM
      Subject: News Release about New Propeller Installation Now Posted

      A news release and photo in connection with yesterday’s installation of the ship’s propeller display on the Tech Center plaza is now posted online at:
      Doug Webster
      Director of Public Relations
      The California Maritime Academy
      200 Maritime Academy Drive
      Vallejo, CA 94590
      707-328-1887 C

    • capt.ob@comcast.net
      All Hands, I saw a T-2 Tanker on the board at the Sailors Union of the Pacific in 1967..SS Arizona Standard (Formerly Trans Pacific)...In Richmond....I threw
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 28, 2010
        All Hands,

        I saw a T-2 Tanker on the board at the Sailors' Union of the Pacific in 1967..SS Arizona Standard (Formerly Trans Pacific)...In Richmond....I threw in for the job (AB) because I believed my friend Flynn was aboard...I arrived at the ship via a tug, as she was on the hook....made one pass, then on the next pass I threw my sea bag at a large man on deck and jumped...The man turned out to be the Chief Mate, Jack Tetard, the best CM I ever sailed with...Flynn had signed off, but I stayed for about 9 months....the Captain was Capt Roark, a real good ship handler and skipper( all the Chevron officers were excellent ship handlers, the Masters and some of the Mates had pilotage for all ports they sailed to)....Ernest Gann (the author)son was a CM with Standard oil)...the crew were wonderful, and taught me a lot...we were a black oil tanker running to Alaska, Hawaii and California...the triangle...the T-2 is the largest number of a  class of ship ever built (some 567) except for the Liberty (EC-2) many were built at Marinship in Marin County, by Kaiser......we would sail out of Richmond with a "bone in her teeth" straight thru the Racoon Straits (seperating Tiburon from Angle Island)....North to Alaska (Kenai penninsula), sometimes stopping at Prince Rupert, Canada in the Pricess Charolette Sound,where Mr "Tea-turd" (Tetard) as he was affectionately called and the crew would load up on Canadan peanut butter(super rich)..when the CM went on vacation he always gave us his peanut butter, because he couldn't take it home (his wife, concerned with his chubbiness forbid him to eat it)...Later I sailed under another  great skipper, Angus Mac Phereson...he knew I was outstanding with a palm and needle, and asked me to make him a seabag (for 8 hours O/T)I sailed into Richmond Long Wharf and called home to say hi to my Mom, Dad, and two brothers....My  mother told me that my dad had died and needed me home to bury him and take care of other matters....I went up to the old man's cabin and told him what had happened....he told me to say nothing to anyone......go home and take care of my mom and little bros.  and rejoin the ship in 10 days on her return from El Sugundo/LA/etc...I followed his advice and was waiting on the Long Wharf a day early when a terrible tradgedy occurred...I was hauling stores and stowing them aboard another T-2 when a yard bird fell off the ship between the pier and the ship...someone hollered "man overboard, and we all rushed to the side...the man didn't surface(he was wearing carpenter's overalls with tools..all we could se was bubbles..I took off my shoes and jumped...the water was freezing!...I dived down and felt the man with my foot....the next time I managed to snag him and bring him up...a boat was waiting and took him off my hands..his head was bashed in and his arm was horribly broken......... the ambulance came and gave him o2 for the longest time,but he died..I was told he had 10 children...T-2's were a great ship..after the war some were "Jumboized"...they cut 'em in half and added a section to make them larger...true, the Navy had some, but later came the T-3's which were refered to as "Navy Tankers"
          Capatin KC O'Brien, MMP ret

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Pacific Merchant Marine Council <pmmc@...>
        To: PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:46:03 -0000 (UTC)
        Subject: [PMMC-NLUS] California Maritime Academy Propeller

        Ahoy Members and Friends,
        I know some of you served on T-2 tankers...

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