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19) USNS Towle

20) USNS Kane

21) USNS Wilkes

22) USNS Gilliss, Lynch, De Steiger

23) USNS Hess

24) School Ship SS John W. Brown

25) Today's MSC Ship Inventory


20) USNS Kane
The USNS Kane, an oceanographic research ship I commanded on two occasions. Similar to the Wyman, and Wilkes in length, and beam, but different slightly in interior makeup, and having Allis-Chalmers instead of General Electric electrical components. Her diesels were ALCO like the other two. The USNS Bent was identical to the Kane. More on this ship later.


21) USNS Wilkes
The USNS Wilkes, an oceanographic research ship I commanded on two occasions. Similar to the Kane in length, and beam, but different slightly in interior makeup, and having General Electric instead of Allis-Chalmers electrical components. Her diesels were ALCO like the other. The USNS Wyman was identical. More on this ship later.


23) USNS Hess
The USNS Hess, a "Mariner" class freighter converted for oceanograhpy to replace Dutton, Bowditch, and Michelson. Nice size - 500+ feet, fast - 25 knots...loved this ship. More later.


24) School Ship John W. Brown
The SS John W. Brown a "Liberty" class freighter converted for troop carrying during WW 2, and later acguired by the Board of Education of New York City, N.Y. for Metropolitan Vocational High School as a school ship. I graduated from Metropolitan in 1951, shipping out with Mobil Oil. I never thought in those days, that if sailing was so great, what were my instructors, who all held Master's Licenses, working as teachers for the Department of Education for?

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25) Today's MSC Ship Inventory

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