Positioning POPE

Facing aft from the fo'c'sle head of the USNS GENERAL JOHN S. POPE with the Richmond Bridge in her wake as she is towed for hull cleaning at BAE, San Francisco before departing for the breakers. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

In MARAD’s continuing purge of reserve fleet tonnage, the very first and last P2-S2-R2 class transport, the 1943-built GENERAL JOHN S. POPE, was moved from Suisuin Bay to San Francisco’s BAE Systems drydocking facility for hull cleaning before she is towed to Brownsville, TX for scrapping at Esco Marine.  The POPE was unhinged from her raft in the SBRF at approximately 6:45 this morning and arrived at BAE at 12:30 PM, where she was eventually pushed into the drydock.  A full blog will follow soon to detail Peter Knego’s journey on the ship today.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
Peter Knego
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