USS Pamanset (AO-85)

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Name: USS Pamanset
Builder: Marinship, Sausalito, California
Laid down: 30 March 1943
Launched: 25 June 1943
Commissioned: 30 April 1944
Decommissioned: 18 March 1946
Struck: 28 March 1946
Acquired: 10 February 1948
In service: 1 October 1949, as USNS Pamanset (T-AO-85)
Out of service: 24 February 1956
In service: 26 June 1956
Out of service: 26 September 1957
Honors and
6 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Transferred to Hudson Waterways Corp., 3 May 1966
Sold for scrapping, 12 March 1986
General characteristics
Type: Escambia-class oiler
Displacement: 5,782 long tons (5,875 t) light
21,880 long tons (22,231 t) full
Length: 523 ft 6 in (159.56 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
Propulsion: Turbo-electric, single screw, 8,000 shp (5,966 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 140,000 barrels
Complement: 267
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber dual purpose gun
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 4 × twin 40 mm guns
• 4 × twin 20 mm guns

USS Pamanset (AO-85) was a Escambia-class oiler acquired by the United States Navy for use during World War II. She had the dangerous but necessary task of providing fuel to vessels in combat and non-combat areas.

She was laid down as MC hull 1264 by the Marinship Corp., Sausalito, California, under a Maritime Commission contract on 30 March 1943, launched on 25 June 1943, sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Murray, acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 30 April 1944, Comdr. D. J. Houle in command.

World War II operations

Following shakedown, Pamanset sailed for Pearl Harbor and duty with the Pacific Fleet during the final months of World War II. Departing Pearl Harbor on 24 July 1944, she steamed to the Marshall Islands, then to the Admiralty Islands where she spent the next several months refueling units of the 3rd Fleet. She continued her support of the 3rd Fleet during the Western Caroline and Philippine Islands engagements in the fall of 1944 as well as during the Formosa and China coast attacks early in 1945. Refueling operations in very heavy seas in January 1945, resulted in injuries to several of her crew. Pamanset arrived off Iwo Jima on 26 February and participated in that campaign until returning to Ulithi on 2 March, thence proceeding to San Pedro, California, for extensive repairs. She was underway again on 4 June for the Western Pacific and serviced the 3rd Fleet in various fueling areas until the end of the war.

After extensive operations in support of the occupation fleet in Japanese home waters, she departed Yokohama, Japan, on 8 November for San Francisco, California, where she decommissioned on 18 March 1946. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 28 March and transferred to the Maritime Commission on 11 October.

Transferred to MSTS

Reacquired on 10 February 1948, she was assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service on 1 October 1949, as USNS Pamanset (T-AO-85), manned by a merchant crew. After necessary fitting out and trials, she added to her wartime record by rendering valuable service during the Korean conflict. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and transferred to the Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet on 24 February 1956, reinstated again on 26 June for MSTS contract operations, then struck on 26 September 1957.


Subsequently converted to a container ship she was sold by the Maritime Administration to Hudson Waterway Corporation and served into 1970 as SS Seatrain Florida.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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