World War II, Korea & Viet Nam
U.S. Army Cargo Ships
Design No. 381.
FS-253 class
A Study in blueprints

by Duane Borchers, Sr.

BK-092 $70.00 (Foreign, $100.00)(11"x17", soft cover book of engineering drawings, 139 pages)
Ships of class: USAT FS-253 through FS-554.

Ships of class to US Navy: USS Deal (AG-131)(AKL-2); USS Elba, (AG-132)(AKL-3); USS Errol (AG-133)(AKL-4); USS Estero, (AG-134)(AKL-5); USS Jekyl, (AG-135)(AKL-6); USS Betoken, (AG-136)(AKL-7); USS Roque, (AG-137)(AKL-8); USS Ryer, (AG-138)(AKL-9); USS Sharps, (AG-139)(AKL-10); USS Torry, (AG-140)(AKL-11); USS Tingles (AG-144)(AKL-13); USS Hewell, (AG-145)(AKL-14); USS Brule (AKL-28), (T-AKL-28); USS Alhena (AKL-38); USS Almaack (AKL-39); USS Deimos (AKL-40); USS Renate (AKL-42); USS Banner , (T-AKL-25)(AGER-1); USS Pueblo, (AKL-44)(AGER-2); USS Whidbey (AG-141); USS Range Recoverer (AG-161)(AGM-2).

Ships of class to Military Sea Transportation Service: USNS New Bedford, (T-AKL-17)(IX-308); USNS T-AKL-21; USNS T-AKL-23; USNS T-AKL-24; USNS T-AKL-26; USNS T-AKL-27; USNS T-AKL-28; USNS T-AKL-29; USNS T-AKL-31; USNS T-AKL-32; USNS T-AKL-34; USNS T-AKL-35; USNS T-AKL-36; USNS T-AKL-41 and USNS Shearwater (T-AG-177).

Ship of class to the US Coast Guard: (WAK-169).

Ships transferred to China: Peony, Lotus, Iris, Hai Hong, Hai Who, Lily and Poppy.

Ship transferred to France: Girod.

Ship transferred to Liberia: Joanne.

Ships transferred to Korea: City of Yoju, City of Chungju, City of Chechon, City of Pyontack, City of Iri, City of Waegwan.

Ships transferred to the Philippines as Don Mariano, Virginia VI, Cotabato J, General Mojica, General Roxas, General Lukban, General Mascardo, Taype, Elizabeth, Governor Smith, Oriental, Elcano, General Luna, Lano, Grace I, Sorsogon, Victor, Dona Remedios, Neptuno, Basilan, Venusm, Vizcaya, Elena, Albert and Corregidor.


List of Blueprints

Title

Shipyard
& Vessel

Date of
Document

Page

Ship=s name, name boards, draft marks & boat topping,

176' Supply Vessel
Marine Design Branch
Eng. Div.
Office of Asst. Chief
Trans. for Supply
War Dept.
Wash., DC

Mar. 2, 1943

25-26

Outboard profile,

do.

Jan. 1, 1944

27-28

do.

do.

Mar. 20, 1944

29-30

Inboard profile,

do.

Jan. 4, 1944

31-32

do.

do.

Mar. 20, 1944

33-34

Arrangement of decks & hold,

do.

Jan. 4, 1944

35-38

Lines & offsets,

do.

do.

39-41

Body plan,

do.

-

42

Midship & type sections, frames 7, 16, 42, 60 & 70,

do.

Aug. 6, 1943

43-44

Stem & bow framing,

do.

Aug. 6, 1943

45-47

Shell expansion,

do.

Jan. 4, 1944

48-49

Rail stanchion & life line arrangement,

do.

Sept. 6, 1943

50-51

Clearance diagram,

do.

July 7, 1943

52

Gen. arrg=t., fo=c=sle deck, boat deck, bridge deck & house top,

do.

Mar. 20, 1943

53-54

Gen. arrg=t., main deck,

do.

Sept. 6, 1943

55-57

Scuppers & drains,

do.

Dec. 11, 1943

58-60

Arrg=t., & details of deck covering,

do.

Sept. 14, 1943

61-62

Deck machinery & fitting arrg=t.,

do.

Oct. 18, 1943

63-64

Stowage for road-grader, main deck,

do.

Nov. 24, 1943

65-66

Capacity plan, including tank scales,

do.

Mar. 18, 1944

67

Loading diagram

do.

Mar. 24, 1944

68-69

Rudder & lower rudder stack bearing,

do.

Aug. 6, 1943

70-71

Propeller & cap,

do.

Oct. 8, 1943

72-74

Shaft struts & stern tubes,

do.

Dec. 4, 1943

75-77

Arrg=t., & details of shafting,

do.

Sept. 20, 1941

78-80

Deck machinery foundations,

do.

May 18, 1944

81-83

Anchor handling, hawse & chain pipes,

do.

Nov. 24, 1943

84-85

Arrg=t., & details of stream anchor handling,

do.

Dec. 6, 1943

86-88

Life raft stowage,

do.

April 14, 1944

89-90

Jack & ensign staffs,

do.

Dec. 1, 1943

91-92

Portable ladder & gang plank,

do.

Sept. 14, 1943

93-94

Arrg=t., of rigging set-ups,

do.

-

95-96

Arrg=t., of rigging,

do.

Nov. 22, 1943

97-98

Details of masts & booms,

do.

Sept. 23, 1943

99-100

Boat handling, arrg=t., & details,

do.

Nov. 24, 1943

101-103

Outboard life boat stowage, arrg=t.,

do.

May 4, 1944

104-105

Ventilation,

do.

-

106-107

do.

do.

Aug. 27, 1943

108-111

do.

do.

-

112-113

Machinery, arrg=t.,

do.

June 18, 1943

114-116

do.

do.

Oct. 4, 1944

117-118

Engine room floor, plating, ladder & grating,

do.

Dec. 4, 1943

119-120

Engine casing & stack,

do.

Sept. 21, 1943

121-122

Exhaust piping & smoke pipe,

do.

Oct. 14, 1943

123-124

Engine room skylight,

do.

Sept. 6, 1943

125-126

Foundation for 40/mm gun mount, M3 & splinter protection,

do.

Mar. 2, 1944

127-128

Galley stack & range hood,

do.

Sept. 25, 1943

128-130

General Plan: Plate I, Outboard profile,

-

-

131

General Plan: Plate II,  Inboard profile,

-

-

132

General Plan: Plate III, Gen. arrg=t., fo=c=sle deck, boat deck, bridge deck & house top,

-

-

133-134

General Plan: Plate IV, Main deck, arrg=t.,

-

-

135-136

General Plan: Plate V, Platform decks & hold arrg=t.,

-

-

137

General Plan: Plate VI, Cross sections, frames 7, 16, 42, 60 & 70,

-

-

138-139

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