TS State of Maine
|Namesake:||Capt Z.L. Tanner, USN, 1833 – 1906|
|Ordered:||28 June 1985|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Steel Corporation|
|Laid down:||22 October 1986|
|Launched:||28 February 1989|
|Acquired:||31 August 1990|
|Out of service:||1993|
|Struck:||1 October 1993|
|Fate:||Delivered to MARAD 11 January 1995|
|Name:||State of Maine|
|Owner:||Maine Maritime Academy|
|Acquired:||6 June 1997|
|General characteristics USNS Tanner (T-AGS-40)|
|Length:||449 ft 10 in (137.11 m)|
|Beam:||72 ft (22 m)|
|Draft:||30 ft (9.1 m)|
|Installed power:||2 × Enterprise R5-V16 Diesel engines|
|Propulsion:||single shaft, 17,000 hp (13,000 kW)hp|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|General characteristics TS State of Maine|
|Displacement:||16,258.9 long tons (16,519.8 t)|
|Length:||449.83 ft (137.11 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft (8.5 m)|
|Installed power:||MAK 601 C Diesel 8,046 horsepower (6,000 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Single LIPS controllable reversible pitch propeller|
|Speed:||16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
TS State of Maine is the training ship of the Maine Maritime Academy.
Several ships have borne the name State of Maine since the inception of Maine Maritime Academy. Previous vessels included the former USS Comfort (AH-6), USS Ancon (AGC-4), and USNS Upshur (T-AP-198).
Current TS State of Maine
USNS Tanner (T-AGS-40), was built for the United States Navy as a fast oceanographic research vessel by Bethlehem Steel Corporation at its Sparrows Point Yard in Maryland in 1990. The vessel was the second oceanographic research ship to bear the name of Zera Luther Tanner, a noted oceanographer and inventor of a patented sounding machine. The vessel experienced catastrophic engine failure in 1993 and was laid up by the Navy and eventually transferred ownership to the Maritime Administration (MARAD).
The ship lay idle in the James River Reserve Fleet until 1996 when she began a conversion process, which removed her underwater sonar domes and equipment. The two original engines were removed and a new power plant was installed. The newer engine is significantly less powerful than the old engines. The sister ship, Maury (T-AGS-39), now the third vessel of the name TS Golden Bear, retained the original and more powerful enterprise engines.
The vessel was modified to increase the accommodations from 108 to 302 persons. New lifesaving equipment and upgrades to existing equipment were accomplished as well as enhancements to the habitability requirements of the vessel. She was delivered to Maine Maritime Academy on 6 June 1997 and sailed her maiden training cruise the following week.
State of Maine was called into active duty by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) following Hurricane Katrina and provided living quarters for oil rig workers, who were working to repair damaged rigs, and for Federal Law Enforcement Officers assisting in New Orleans.
The ship is normally docked at her pier in Castine when not on a training cruise or in drydock. State of Maine is classed with the American Bureau of Shipping, and all inspections of her hull and equipment are undertaken by this classification society. The ship entered drydock for scheduled maintenance and inspections following the summer cruise of 2007. She also entered drydock following the Summer Cruise of 2012, keeping within the inspection schedule required by US Coast Guard Regulations.
- "USS Comfort (AH-6)". NavSource Online. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- "National Register Eligibility Assessment Vessel: TS State of Maine, ex-USNS Upshur (T-AP-198)" (pdf). MARAD. 29 September 2009.
- "State of Maine History". Maine Maritime Academy. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
- Photo gallery of USS Tanner at NavSource Naval History
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.