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Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
"Mission Santa Barbara".
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"Seatrain Caroline", ex. "Mission Santa Barbara".
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 "Seatrain Caroline", ex. "Mission Santa Barbara".

History :
Built by Marinship Co., Sausalito, California.
Yardnumber 46. UMSC No. 1822. Off. nr. 246066.
Keel laid 08-04-1944. Launched 08-06-1944. Completed 20-10-1944. 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, Cleveland, Ohio. 10000 B.h.p., 7356 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1944 Completed for U.S. War Shipping Administration, San Francisco, USA, chartered to Pacific Tankers Inc.
MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1946 Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 May, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
AO-131 MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1947 Acquired by the Navy, 20 October. Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Barbara (AO-131) under charter to Union Oil Co.
T-AO-131 MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1949 Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Barbara (T-AO-131).
T-AO-131 MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1954 Placed out of service, 12 April. Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group.
T-AO-131 MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1956 Placed in service with MSTS on 8 October, chartered to Joshua Henry Corp. for operations.
T-AO-131 MISSION SANTA BARBARA-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, Beaumont, TX., 8 November.
MISSION SANTA BARBARA-1966 Sold, 26 March 1966, to Hudson Waterways Corp. for commercial service as container ship/train ferry, renamed SS Seatrain Carolina, 7 April.
SEATRAIN CAROLINA-1966 for Hudson Waterways Corporation, New York, USA.
SEATRAIN CAROLINA-1975 for U.S. Dept. of Commerce, New York, USA.
CAROLINA-1985 for U.S. Dept. of Commerce, New York, USA.
Additional Reports :
Reported Seatrain Carolina converted into rail vehicle carrier in 1966, with added 36' section from old forebody of FRUITVALE HILLS, by Newport News SB. & DD. Co., Newport News, delivered Feb. 1967.
New dimensions 170.7 / 164.5 x 20.8 m, 7991 grt / 12152 dwt. 1 Hold. 1 Hatch:18,5 x 11,4 m. Cranes: 2 x 45 t. Bale 22461 m3.
Reported Carolina sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 1985 to be broken up, work began 28 Jul. 1985. [ By Chi Shun Hwa Steel Co., Ltd. ]

SS Mission Santa Barbara, T-2 Tanker, hull # 46, keel laid 4/8/44, launched June 8, 1944 Sponsor: Mrs. Carl H. Nilsson, wife of Superintendent of Machinery Division. In USMC Reserve Fleet in October, 1960. Container Ship "Seatrain Carolina" 2/67.