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Mission San Jose
See also : Construction photos "Mission San Jose"
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 17 July 1943, as SS Mission San Jose a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull,
under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1271) at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 7 October 1943
Delivered, 29 January 1944, to WSA for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 November 1947 Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service as
SS Mission San Jose (AO-125)
Absorbed in the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949 and placed in service as
USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125)
Placed out of service, and struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1957
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay,
Benecia, CA. MARAD Exchange Program, 24 June 1966, to Hudson Waterways Corp., renamed SS Ohio,
converted to a combination containership and train ferry Renamed SS Seatrain Ohio, 28 August 1967
Purchased at sea by Polk Tanker Corp., 30 June 1972, title to MARAD Trade-in and Build Program Laid up in the
National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 30 November 1973
Renamed SS Ohio 8 August 1978, and withdrawn from reactivation RRF
Sold to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Tx on March 17, 2011 for $1,286,726 and was removed from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet on April 20, 2011.
( See photos below )
Displacement 21,880 t.(fl)
Draft 30' (max)
Speed 16.5 kts.
Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp
View the USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
The Miramar Ship Index for "MISSION SAN JOSE"
1966 OHIO - [ 1967 Lg 8047 grt & converted to vehicles carrier ] -
1967 SEATRAIN OHIO - 1978 OHIO
Sold to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Tx on March 17, 2011.
"Mission San Jose", sponsor at her launch, Mrs. Robert Bridges.
"Mission San Jose", launch on October 7th, 1943.
"Mission San Jose".
USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125) underway in Long Beach Harbor area, date unknown.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
Laid up in the US Beaumont Reserve Fleet in 2004 was the US Navy tanker Ohio, built in
1944 as Mission San Jose (10,461 grt), and Seatrain Ohio between 1966 and 1978, after
conversion to a ro-ro rail vehicles carrier.
(Photo: Harry Stott)
The SS "Ohio" sits at anchor at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in June 2008. The vessel has been used by the
fleet as a warehouse for nearly 20 years.
( Photo Maritime Administration photograph )