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Mission San Gabriel
T2-SE-A2
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 31 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission
contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 17 April 1944 Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 27 May 1944
Chartered to Deconhill Shipping, Co., 28 May 1944, for operation
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 28 February 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Acquired by the Navy, 14 October 1947
Placed in service by Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Gabriel (AO-124)
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949
Placed in service as USNS Mission San Gabriel (T-AO-124)
Placed out of service, 28 December 1949
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Placed in service with MSTS, 18 July 1950
Placed out of service, 31 March 1954
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Placed in service with MSTS, 8 October 1956
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 20 December 1957
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Sold by the Maritime Administration to Hudson Waterways Corp., 24 June 1966, and converted to a
containership and train ferry, renamed Seatrain Delaware, 21 November 1966. Final Disposition, fate unknown.
( 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
Armament none
Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp.

View the Mission San Gabriel (T-AO-124)
DANFS history entry located at Navsource

The Miramar Ship Index for "MISSION SAN GABRIEL"
IDNo:
6621208
Year:
1944
Name:
MISSION SAN GABRIEL
Keel:
31.01.1944
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
17.04.1944
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
27.05.1944

Tons:
10461
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
41
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

Subsequent History:
1966 DELAWARE -
[ 1966 converted to container ship, 9961 gtt / 10453 dwt ] -
1966 SEATRAIN DELAWARE - 1978 DELAWARE

Disposal Data:
Scrapped at Castellon 12.1983/ [ By I.M. Varela Davalillo ]

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
245682
6621208
1944
MISSION SAN GABRIEL
10461
U.S. Govt.
AO-124
6621208
1944
MISSION SAN GABRIEL
10461
1947
U.S. Navy.
6621208
1944
MISSION SAN GABRIEL
10461
1957
U.S. Govt.
245682
6621208
6621208
1944
DELAWARE
10461
1966a
Hudson Waterways Corp.
245682
6621208
6621208
1944
SEATRAIN DELAWARE
9961
1966b
Hudson Waterways Corp.
245682
6621208
6621208
1944
SEATRAIN DELAWARE
9961
1972
Tyler Tanker Corp.
245682
6621208
6621208
1944
SEATRAIN DELAWARE
9961
1975
U.S. Govt.
245682
6621208
6621208
1944
DELAWARE
9961
1978
U.S. Govt.

 
Traditional bow decoration on the "Mission San Gabriel" honors G. E., ready to be launched April 17th, 1944.
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC HONORED
"Mission San Gabriel", 26th "Mission" class tanker launched at Morinship, breaks free as Mrs. Ralph Meyers, wife of General Electric's
installation advisor at the yard, breaks the traditional champagne bottle over the bow. Mrs. Meyers officially represented General Electric
at the launching, which was dedicated to the manufacturing concern for its fine performance in providing 10,000-hp main propulsion units
for these T-2 tankers. Shown are Mrs. J. H. Baylor, matron of honor and wife of a G. E. official at Pearl Harbor; Lt. (jg) Harry M. Philpott,
Chaplain; Keith Fullenwider, master of ceremonies and Marinship's chief marine electrician; Mrs. Meyers; and Russell Fox, launching
engineer.
 
"Mission San Gabriel".
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
"Mission San Gabriel".
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
USNS Mission San Gabriel (T-AO-124) in bound for Yokohama, 14 September 1953.
( Photo thanks to Bob Milloy )
 
"Seatrain Delaware", ex. "Mission San Gabriel".
 
"Seatrain Delaware", ex. "Mission San Gabriel", at Bremerhaven, August 1971.
( Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus )
 
"Seatrain Delaware", ex. "Mission San Gabriel", at Bremerhaven, August 1971.
( Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus )