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Mission Alamo / Anacostia
Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
USNS Anacostia (T-AO-86), ex Mission Alamo, operating as a civilian-manned MSTS tanker during the 1950s.
Note the larger smokestack fitted to the second batch of ships in this class
( Photo thanks to Mike Green )
 "Penn Ranger", ex, "Anacostia", ex. "Mission Alamo", arriving at Santander, Spain, October 10th, 1968.
( Photo thanks to Theodore Dietrich )

History :
Built by Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnumber 53. UMSC No. 1829. Off. nr. AO-94.
Keel laid 26-06-1944. Launched 24-09-1944. Completed 25-02-1945. 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. 7200 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
ANACOSTIA-1944 Laid down as SS Mission Alamo a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1829) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
AO-94 ANACOSTIA-1945 Commissioned USS Anacostia (AO-94), 25 February.
AO-94 ANACOSTIA-1946 Decommissioned, 16 April, at Mobile, AL. and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL. Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May.
AO-94 ANACOSTIA-1948 Reinstated in the Naval Register, 28 February, assigned to the Navy Transportation Service (NTS) as Anacostia (AO-94)
T-AO-94 ANACOSTIA-1950 Reassigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 19 July, placed In-service as USNS Anacostia (T-AO-94)
T-AO-94 ANACOSTIA-1957 Placed out of service, 17 December, at Norfolk, VA. and transferred, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA. Struck from the Naval Register, 17 December.
PENN RANGER-1968 for Penn Shipping Company, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
OMNIUM RANGER-1973 for Omnium Transportation Company, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports :
Reported Penn Ranger dismantled 1968, exchanged machinery sections with bulk carrier NAUTILUS, bow and cargo section scrapped in Spain. (see Sun yard #310 for details). converted to bulk carrier and lengthened by joining to forebody taken from NAUTILUS, by Maryland SB. & DD. Co., Baltimore, delivered Nov. 1968.
New dimensions 175.1 / 166.1 x 24.0 m, 14177 grt / 26082 dwt. 4 Holds. 7 Hatches: 10,5 8,9 7,4 8,3 8,9 8,9 8,9 x 11,2 m. Grain 29914 m3.
Reported Omnium Ranger sold to shipbreakers in Spain. Arrived Castellon prior 26 Oct. 1976 to be broken up, work began in Nov. 1976. [ By I. M. Varela Davalillo ]

USS Anacostia (formerly S.S. Mission Alamo) , Tanker, T2-SE-A2, 10,000 HP power plant, hull # 53, keel laid 7/16/44, launched Sept. 24, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. Henry Bruns; matron of honor, Mrs. Francis T. Cooper. In USMC Reserve Fleet in October, 1960. Scrapped 10/10/68.