Gopher State-class crane ship

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SS Gopher State
SS Gopher State
Class overview
Name: Gopher State class
Builders: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Operators:  United States Navy
Built: 1967–1972
In commission: 1986–present
Completed: 3
Active: 3
General characteristics
Type: Crane ship
Displacement: 13,500 long tons (13,717 t) light
Length: 668 ft 7 in (203.78 m)
Beam: 76 ft 1 in (23.19 m)
Draft: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
Propulsion: 2 boilers
2 steam turbines
1 shaft
17,500 shp (13,050 kW)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity: 300+ containers
Four 30 ton cranes
Complement: 9 civilians in Reduced Operating Status
32 civilians in Full Operating Status

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 for American Export Lines. After AEL was acquired by Farrell Lines in 1978, the ships sailed for a few years before being returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD). They were converted to naval service as crane ships in the mid-1980s.

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