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T2-SE-A2
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 12 July1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under a
Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 28 September 1943
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 16 January 1944, for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations
Returned to the Maritime Commission, mid-February 1946, for lay up in reserve at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Acquired by the Navy, 16 October 1947 Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
as Mission Soledad (AO-136) under charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations Control
transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949,
redesignated USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136)
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the
National Defense Reserve Fleet, 31 October 1957
Commercial Service :
Sold, 4 November 1966, to the Hudson Waterways Corp. for conversion to a container ship
Renamed SS Seatrain California 7 November 1966
Renamed SS Transontario, 21 February 1967
Sold, 18 September 1969, to Greyhound Leasing and Financial Corp.
Reflagged Panamanian, 21 August 1975
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1979.
( 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 mariners
Armament none
Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp

View the Mission Soledad (T-AO-136)
DANFS history entry located at Navsource

The Miramar Ship Index for "MISSION SOLEDAD"
IDNo:
6704464
Year:
1944
Name:
MISSION SOLEDAD
Keel:
12.07.1943
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
28.09.1943
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
16.01.1944

Tons:
10461
Link:
-
DWT:
16613
Yard No:
27
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:
1967 SEATRAIN CALIFORNIA - 1967 TRANSONTARIO -
[ 1969 converted to container ship, 7373 grt / 9566 dwt ]

Disposal Data:
Scrapped  Kaohsiung 15.6.79 [ By Kang Hua Enterprise Co., Ltd. ]

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
244545
6704464
1944
MISSION SOLEDAD
10461
U.S. Govt.
AO-136
6704464
1944
MISSION SOLEDAD
10461
1947
U.S. Navy.
6704464
1944
MISSION SOLEDAD
10461
1957
U.S. Govt.
244545
6704464
6704464
1944
SEATRAIN CALIFORNIA
10461
1967a
Hudson Waterways Corp.
244545
6704464
6704464
1944
TRANSONTARIO
7373
1967b
Hudson Waterways Corp.
244545
6704464
6704464
1944
TRANSONTARIO
7373
1971
C.I.T.Leasing Corp.
244545
6704464
6704464
1944
TRANSONTARIO
7373
1974
Matson Nav Co.
6704464
6704464
1944
TRANSONTARIO
7373
1975
Greyhound Leasing & Financial Corp.

USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136) underway near San Pedro. Note Long Beach
Naval Shipyard can be seen in the far distance over the Quonset huts.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136) underway in the Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
 
USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136).
 
"Transontario", ex. "Seatrain California", ex. USNS "Mission Soledad" (T-AO-136).
( Photo Copyright Marc Piche )