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Mission Soledad
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Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136) underway near San Pedro. Note Long Beach
Naval Shipyard can be seen in the far distance over the Quonset huts.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136) underway in the Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown.
( Photo thanks to David Buell )
USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136).
"Transontario", ex. "Seatrain California", ex. USNS "Mission Soledad" (T-AO-136).
( Photo Copyright Marc Piche )

History :
Built by Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnumber 27. UMSC No. 1270. Off. nr. 244545.
Keel laid 12-07-1943. aunched 28-09-1943. Completed 16-01-1944. 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. 26 tanks.
MISSION SOLEDAD-1944 Completed for U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, USA.
MISSION SOLEDAD-1944 Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 16 January, for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations.
MISSION SOLEDAD-1946 Returned to the Maritime Commission, mid-February, for lay up in reserve at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
AO-136 MISSION SOLEDAD-1947 Acquired by the Navy, 16 October. Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Servic (NTS) as Mission Soledad (AO-136) under charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations.
T-AO-136 MISSION SOLEDAD-1949 Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October, redesignated USNS Mission Soledad (T-AO-136).
T-AO-136 MISSION SOLEDAD-1957 Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 31 October.
SEATRAIN CALIFORNIA-1967a sold to Hudson Waterways Corporation, New York, USA.
TRANSONTARIO-1967b for Hudson Waterways Corporation, New York, USA.
TRANSONTARIO-1971 for C.I.T.Leasing Corp , New York, USA. (operated by Matson Navigation Co.)
TRANSONTARIO-1974 for Matson Nav Co., San Francisco, USA.
TRANSONTARIO-1975 for Greyhound Leasing & Financing Corporation S.A., Panama. (operated by Matson Navigation Co.)
Additional Reports :
Reported Transontario rebuilt into container ship in 1969, by Savannah Marine & Foundry Co., Savannah.
New Dimensions 7373 grt / 9566 dwt.
Reported Transontario sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 15 Jun. 1979 to be broken up. [ By Kang Hua Enterprise Co., Ltd. ]

SS Mission Soledad, T-2 Tanker, hull # 27, keel laid 7/12/43, launched Sept. 24, 1943. Sponsor: Mrs. Atholl McBean, wife of Standard Oil Company of California Director; matron of honor: Mrs. Joseph Kuznik. In USMC Reserve Fleet in October, 1960. Container ship, 5/69.