Gopher State class crane ship

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SS Gopher State

The Gopher State-class crane ships of the United States Navy are a class of auxiliary vessels. The lead ship of the class is named in honor of the state of Minnesota.

All three vessels of the class were former Sea Witch-class container ships built at the Bath Iron Works built for American Export Lines. After AEL was acquired by Farrell Lines in 1978, the ships sailed for a few years before being returned the MARAD. They were converted to naval service as crane ships in the mid 1980s.

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