Tucana (AK-88)

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Ordered: as MV Symmes Potter
N3-M-A1 hull, MC hull 651
Laid down: 24 April 1944
Launched: 13 September 1944
Struck: 13 September 1944
Fate: Transferred to the U.S. Army
scrapped in 1968
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,677 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)
Length: 269 ft 10 in (82.25 m)
Beam: 42 ft 6 in (12.95 m)
Draught: 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)
Propulsion: diesel, single shaft, 1,300shp
Speed: 10 kts.
Complement: 83
Armament: 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount

Tucana (AK-88) was never commissioned and thus never bore the USS designation.[1]. She was transferred upon launching on 13 September 1944 to the U.S. Army as the U.S. Army Port Repair ship Arthur C. Ely.

Service career

AK-88 was originally authorized under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 651) and assigned the name MV Symmes Potter. The name Tucana was assigned to her by the Navy on 30 October 1942; and, on 1 January 1943, her contract was transferred from the Maritime Commission to the supervision of the Navy. AK-88 to become an Enceladus-class cargo ship. The ship was laid down on 24 April 1944 at Camden, New Jersey, by the Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 13 September 1944; and sponsored by Mrs. Patrick J. Gushing. On that same day, she was reassigned and delivered to the Army, and her name was struck from the Navy list. She was delivered to the U.S. Army and commissioned USAT Arthur C. Ely, a Port Rehabilitation vessel


  1. http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq63-1.htm | Navy History & Heritage Command - Ship Naming in the United States Navy

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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