Suisun Bay resrve fleet, detail, photo Shawn Dake 2009
March 30: The fifth ship to leave the Suisun reserve fleet near San Francisco, CA, since October 2009 is being prepared for departure. 1943- built tanker MISSION SANTA YNEZ is scheduled for removal from the fleet March 31. MISSION SANTA YNEZ was built under a Maritime Commission contract by Marinship Corporation at Sausalito, CA and launched December 19, 1943. Chartered to Pacific Tankers, Inc., she spent the rest of World War II supplying US forces overseas until 1946 when she was returned to the Maritime Commission and laid up briefly in the Maritime reserve Fleet at James River, VA. MISSION SANTA YNEZ was taken over by the US Naval Transportation Service in 1947. Later acquired by Military Sea Transportation Service in 1949 she was designated USNS MISSION SANTA YNEZ (T-AO-134). She entered the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay reserve fleet on March 6, 1975. USNS MISSION SANTA YNEZ is the last T-2 tanker in existence.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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