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Special-Purpose Ships Built in U.S. Shipyards Since WWII

Most recent update: June 5, 2015.


Between WWII and 1982, when CDS funding was cut off, 30 special-purpose ships were built under MARAD's oversight.

Year Type Original Name Original Owner Shipbuilder Hull # O.N. MA # MA Design GT DWT Price ($mm) Notes
1955 Refrig. Stores Ship Rigel MARAD Ingalls SB 464 AF 58 36 R3-S-4a 2,500     Scrapped 2008
1955 Refrig. Stores Ship Vega MARAD Ingalls SB 465 AF 59 37 R3-S-4a 2,500     Scrapped 1977
1958 Assault Ship Point Barrow MARAD Maryland Shipbldg.   AKD 1 43 ST-S2-23a       AKD 1, later Point Loma (AGDS 2), scrapped 2006
1957 Cargo Ship Eltanin MARAD Avondale Industries 801 AK 270 46 C1-ME2-12a 2,500     AK 270, later AGOR 8, scrapped 1992
1958 Cargo Ship Mirfak MARAD Avondale Industries 802 AK 271 47 C1-ME2-12a 2,500     AK 271, scrapped 2003
1958 Cargo Ship Mizar MARAD Avondale Industries 803 AK 272 48 C1-ME2-12a 2,500     AK 272, later AGOR 11, scrapped 2005
1960 Survey Ship Surveyor N.O.A.A. NASSCO 316   54 S2-S-RM28a 2,650 na 7 NDRF 1981, sold 1995
1962 Passenger Cargo Ship Savannah MARAD New York Ship 529 287392 55 P2-N1-40a 10,000 16,000   NDRF 
1960 Special-Purpose Barge Atomic Servant N.A.S.A. Todd Houston 255   85 B2-51a       Active
1963 Survey Ship Peirce N.O.A.A. Marietta Mfg. 902 S 328 130 S1-MT-59a 907 na 2 Donated to NYC 1993, now E. A. Fisher
1963 Survey Ship Whiting N.O.A.A. Marietta Mfg. 903 S 329 131 S1-MT-59a 907 na 2 Decommissioned 2003
1966 Research Ship Oceanographer N.O.A.A. Jacksonville 633 R 101 145 S2-MET-62a 3,700 na 10 Sold 1995
1967 Research Ship Discoverer N.O.A.A. Jacksonville 634 R 102 155 S2-MET-62a 3,700 na 9 Sold 1996 for conversion to cruise ship LaMer, but not converted; disposition unknown
1968 Survey Ship Mount Mitchell N.O.A.A. Jacksonville 639 S 223 183 S1-MT-27a 1,800 na 5 Sold 1995
1966 Survey Ship McArthur N.O.A.A. Norshipco 164 S 330 189 S1-MT-70a 995 na 3 To Marshall Islands 2003, sold 2006
1967 Survey Ship Davidson N.O.A.A. Norshipco 165 S 331 190 S1-MT-70a 995 na 3 Sold 1989
1967 Survey Ship Rude N.O.A.A. Jakobson 428 S 590 195 S1-MT-71a 220 na 1 Active
1967 Survey Ship Heck N.O.A.A. Jakobson 429 S 591 196 S1-MT-71a 220 na 1 Sold 1995
1968 Survey Ship Fairweather N.O.A.A. Jacksonville 644 S 221 197 S1-MT-63a 1,800 na 5 Active
1968 Survey Ship Rainier N.O.A.A. Jacksonville 645 S 222 198 S1-MT-63a 1,800 na 5 Active
1970 Research Ship Researcher N.O.A.A. AmShip Toledo 198 R 103 219 S2-MT-74a 2,750 na 9 Later Malcolm Baldridge, now Ushuaia
1968 Research Ship Hero N.S.F. Harvey Gamage 238   220 SV-BP        
1968 Research Ship Ferrel N.O.A.A. Zigler Shipyards 187 R 492 226 S1-MT-83a 360 na 1 Decommissioned 2002
1968 Buoy Tender No name N.O.A.A. Equitable Equipment 1497   227 S1-MT-83a        
1968 Hydrographic Station No name N.O.A.A. Equitable Equipment 1508   239 S1-MT-84a        
1982 Trailer Barge American/Caroline Coord. Carib. Tpt. Seatrain Sbldg. 105   323 IB5-MT-121a 14,000 6,680 21 Completed by Norshipco, now Strong American
1978 Heavy Lift Ship John Henry Am. Heavy Lift Peterson Builders 9411   329 C1-MT-123a 3,000 4,500 17 To NDRF
1979 Heavy Lift Ship Paul Bunyan Am. Heavy Lift Peterson Builders 9412   330 C1-MT-123a 3,000 4,500 17 To NDRF as James McHenry
1980 Research Ship Chapman N.O.A.A. Bender Shipbuilding 748 R 446 335 S1-M-124a 520 na 3 Deactivated 1988, for sale
1982 Island Cargo Ship P'tit Bleu II Blue Lines Atlantic Marine 187   356 N1-MT-138a     1 Active