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Fort Duquesne / Cowanesque
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
USNS Cowanesque (AO-79) at anchor, date and place unknown.
USS Cowanesque (AO-79) underway near Baltimore, MD., 6 May 1943,
after completing conversion for naval service there.
( Photo thanks to Mike Green )
USS Cowanesque (AO-79) at anchor, date and location unknown.
( Photo thanks to Mike Green )

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 315. UMSC No. 308. Official nr. AO-79.
Keel laid 23-11-1942. Launched 11-03-1943. Completed 01-05-1943. Gr. 10198 t., Net. 6236 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,31 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
Launched as FORT DUQUESNE for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1943 Acquired by the Navy, 25 March 1943.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1943 Commissioned,by the Navy, 1 May 1943.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1946 Decommissioned, 30 January 1946, at Richmond, CA.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1946 Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1946 Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the AO-79 COWANESQUE-1946 National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 30 June 1946.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1948 Reacquired and reinstated in the Naval Register, 18 January 1948.
AO-79 COWANESQUE-1948 Placed in service with the Naval Transportation Service (NTS).
T-AO-79 COWANESQUE-1972 transferred to the custody of the Military Sea Transportation Service, 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Cowanesque (T-AO-79).
T-AOT-79 COWANESQUE-19?? Reclassified Transport Oiler (T-AOT-79), date unknown
T-AOT-79 COWANESQUE-19?? Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown.
Additional Reports:
Reported Cowanesque sold, while moored at Sasebo, Japan, to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Sep. 1972 to be broken up. [ By Great China Steel Enterprise, Ltd.