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Mission San Diego
T2-SE-A2
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 20 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime
Commission contract (MC hull 1814) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 14 March 1944
Delivered to Deconhill Shipping Co., for charter, 30 April 1944, for operation
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet,
Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Acquired by the Navy, 17 October 1947,
Placed under operation control of the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Diego (AO-121)
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949 and placed in service as
USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121)
Placed out of service, 30 December 1954
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
Reacquired by the Navy, 3 July 1956 for service with MSTS
Returned to the Maritime Administration and struck from the Naval Register, 16 October 1957, for lay up
in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Sold to Hudson Waterways Corp., 10 November 1966, renamed Seatrain Washington and converted to a
combination train ferry and containership
Dismantled 1967- bow and most of cargo section joined to MISSION SAN JOSE to become SEATRAIN OHIO,
machinery section joined with bow of TOMAHAWK and part cargo section from MISSION SAN JOSE by Maryland
SB. & DD. Co., Baltimore, converted to vehicle carrier , 8,039 grt, 540.4 x 68.1', delivered, 07/1967
Sold 1978 and renamed Washington
Final Disposition, scrapped 2001.
( See photos below )
Specifications:
Displacement 5,532 t(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Length 524'
Beam 68'
Draft 30' (max)
Speed 16.5 kts.
Complement 52
Armamentnone
Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000 hp.

View the Mission San Diego (T-AO-121)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site

 
Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) underway off Long Beach, CA., date unknown.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) underway off Long Beach/San Pedro, CA. area, date unknown.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
ex-USS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) in commercial service as SS Seatrain Washington
moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, May 1971 while working cargo.
( Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus )
ex-USS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) in commercial service as SS Washington moored
pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, May 1980, May 1971 while working cargo.
( Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus )
ex-USS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) in commercial service as SS Washington
moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, September 1980
( Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus )
 
SS Washington ex. USS Mission San Diego, moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, December 1990.
while loading cargo for the first Gulf War.

The Miramar Ship Index for "2245460"
IDNo:
2245460
Year:
1944
Name:
MISSION SAN DIEGO
Launch Date:
14.03.1944
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
30.04.1944
Flag:
USA
Keel:
20.12.43

DWT:
16613
Yard No:
38
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A2
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Marinship Corp.
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Sausalito
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-16

Owner as Completed:
U.S.War Sg Administration, San Francisco

Subsequent History:
[ 1967 Lg 8039 grt & converted to vehicles carrier ] -
1967 SEATRAIN WASHINGTON - 1978 WASHINGTON

Disposal Data:
Scrapped 2001

History:
ON  
LR/IMO  
ID  
Year
Name  
Tons  
Name change  
Owner
245460
2245460
1944
MISSION SAN DIEGO
10461
U.S. War Sg Administration
245460
2245460
1944
SEATRAIN WASHINGTON
8039
1967
Hudson Waterways Corp.
245460
2245460
1944
WASHINGTON
8039
1978
U. S. Dept. of Commerce