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Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
The "Mascoma", Marinship's fourth tanker, ready to leave the way decorated in this novel fashion in honor
of Memorial Day.
( Photo courtesy Marinship Corp. )
Memorial Day Launching Ceremony
Marinship chose a very fitting and stirring day for the launching of its fourth tanker - the S. S. Mascoma.
On this occasion - Memorial Day - in even greater need for the fulfilment of their obligation to Uncle Sam's fighting men was brought home to the throng of workers as they watched the huge tanker, destined to carry oil to the Allies, slide into Richardson Bay. The entire ceremony was keyed to the day, with the birth of a new ship and the honoring of the nation's hero dead jointly underlying the program.

USS Mascoma (AO-83) after her launch.
USS Mascoma (AO-83).
USS Mascoma (AO-83).
USS Mascoma (AO-83) at anchor with LCT-1453 alongside, date and place unknown.
USS Mascoma (AO-83).
USS Mascoma (AO-83), place and data unknown.
"Transchamplain", ex. "Seatrain Oregon", ex. "USS Mascoma (AO-83)".
( Photo thanks to Mike Cotting )
He wrote : Here is SS Transchamplain (Ex USS Mascona) of Hudson Waterways Corp.
(also known as Seatrain Lines) while working cargo at Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu,
Hawaii. Diamond Head can be seen in backround. Photo was taken sometime in the early
1970's, I beleive. I worked aboard this vessel as Deck Cadet in 1974. She was running
between US West Coast, Hawaii, and Guam for Hudson Waterways at that time.

History :
Built by Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnumber 19. UMSC No. 1262. Off. nr. AO-83.
Keel laid 31-01-1943. Launched 31-05-1943. Completed 03-02-1944. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6423 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 8,99 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 10000 B.h.p., 7356 kW. Speed 15 knots.
MASCOMA-1944 Completed for U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, USA.
AO-83 MASCOMA-1944 Commissioned USS Mascoma (AO-83), 3 February 1944
AO-83 MASCOMA-1947 Decommissioned, 17 December 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
AO-83 MASCOMA-1946 Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January. Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 27 June, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
MASCOMA-1947 Leased to Trinidad Corp., 10 October.
MASCOMA-1948 Reacquired by the Navy, 4 February. Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
T-AO-83 MASCOMA-1950 Reactivated, 27 July and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Mascoma (T-AO-83), operated under charter.
T-AO-83 MASCOMA-1959 Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 18 June and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA. Transferred to U.S. Dept. of Commerce-Maritime Administration, June.
SEATRAIN OREGON-1966 for Hudson Waterways Corporation, New York, USA.
TRANSCHAMPLAIN-1967 for Hudson Waterways Corporation, New York, USA.
TRANSCHAMPLAIN-1967 for C.I.T. Leasing Corp., New York, USA. (leased to Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco)
TRANSCHAMPLAIN-1980 for American Pacific Container Line, Inc, New York, USA. (to be re-named PACIFIC ENDURANCE)
Additional Reports :
Reported Transchamplain converted into container ship in Newport News SB. & DD. Co., Newport News, Va.
New Dimensions 159.6 / 153.3 x 20.8 m, 7674 grt / 9566 dw 7674 grt.
Reported Transchamplain sold to ship-breakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 7 Nov. 1980 to be broken up, work began 4 May 1981. [ By Keun Hwa Iron Steel Works & Enterprise, Ltd. ]

USS Mascoma, Fleet Oiler, hull #19, keel laid 1/31/43, launched May 31, 1943. Sponsor: Mrs. W. C. (Pat) Ryan, wife of Calship Chief Engineer. Matron of Honor: Mrs. Dave Charles, wife of Calship machinery engineer. In USMC Reserve Fleet in October, 1960. Converted to Container ship 8/69 "Transchamplain" .