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Bull Run
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler
 "Bull Run", anchored, location unknown, during war time, November 13th, 1943.
( Photo US Coast Guard )
"Bull Run", in service for Mathiasen's Tanker Industries Inc, Philadelphia.
"Anchorage", ex. "Bull Run", March1972 at Bremerhaven, Germany.
( Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus )
"Anchorage", ex. "Bull Run", March1972 at Bremerhaven, Germany.
( Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus )
"Anchorage", ex. "Bull Run".
( John Sins collection )
"Anchorage", ex. "Bull Run".
( Photo Fotoflyte )
"Anchorage", ex. "Bull Run".
( Photo Copyright Victor Young )

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 287. UMSC No. 354. Official nr. 243850.
Keel laid 13-03-1943. Launched 29-06-1943. Completed 12-07-1943. Gr. 10195 t., Net. 6107 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.
BULL RUN-1943 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
BULL RUN-1947 for Petrol Tanker Industries Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
BULL RUN-1954 for U. S. Dept. of Commerce-Maritime Administration (MARAD), for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 16 December.
BULL RUN-1956 Reactivated by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 3 October.
T-AO-156 BULL RUN-1956 lent to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), placed in service, 22 December, as USNS Bull Run (T-AO-156).
T-AO-156 BULL RUN-1969 Dismantled, machinery section joined to bow and cargo section of container ship Anchorage (converted C-4 hull, original Sun yard #345) by Todd Shipyards Corp., Seattle Wash., resulting vessel11,476 grt, 471.1 x 71.5' delivered Dec. 1969.
T-AO-156 BULL RUN-1969 Sold to Sea-Land Service Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA, 15 December, renamed SS Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE-1973 for Litton Industries Leasing Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, USA
ANCHORAGE-1975 for Reynolds Leasing Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Anchorage converted into container ship with sections of various other ships in 1969 by Todd Shipyards Corporation, Seattle.
Reported Anchorage sold to shipbreakers at Brownsville Sep. 1980, work began Dec. 1980. [ By Houston Consolidated Andy International ]

Additional information :
From Victory Ships and Tankers:
Greater container capacity was provided by skilled ship-surgery performed by Todd Shipyards, when the
afterbodies of the T2 tankers Bull Run, Roanoke and Petrolite were joined to the forebodies of the C4
container ships Anchorage, Baltimore and Seattle.
Matching dissimilar hulls of the T2 tankers and C4 ships proved an intricate exercise, the problems mainly
concerning the beam and depth - 71ft 6in and 43ft 6in respectively for the C4 type and 68ft and 39ft 3in
for the T2 ships. The following description of the work involved is generally applicable to all three
The T2 was cut at about frame 47, the C4 at frame 145, with the cut staggered over a length of 90ft. In
essence, therefore, a 143ft afterbody was joined to a 328ft forebody, this producing a ship capable of
carrying 217 x 35ft containers below deck and 131 above deck, the latter being stowed three high
between box-section buttress posts.
Work on the scarph joint included construction of a new bulkhead and sloping transition between the main-
deck of the C4 and the raised poop of the T2. Extensive bracketing unified the vertical C4 framing to the
longitudinal framing of the ex-tanker. Riveted straps on the C4 hull (fitted at an earlier conversion) were
extended 30ft aft of the new bulkhead, and 70ft doubling plates were added from the main deck via the
new slope to the poopdeck. The existing bridge structure was retained, although refitted to modern
standards, and the wheelhouse level raised by the addition of part of the T2 bridge.
During hull conversion the main machinery received complete overhaul and modification, so increasing
its rating from 6,000 to 8,000 SHP and speed to 15 knots. On each ship the rudder was strengthened
and doubling plates added to the stern to allow for greater power and the increased turning movement
of the hull. (See also Sun yard numbers 390 and 416.)
( Thanks to The T2 Tanker Page )
Source: See and Victory Ships and Tankers.