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SS Keystone State (T-ACS 1)

- formerly PRESIDENT HARRISON -
- Ready Reserve Force -


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Built and delivered as breakbulk ship PRESIDENT HARRISON for American Presidents Line, the ship was converted to a container ship in 1973. Transfered to the Maritime Adminitration on July 19, 1982, the ship was subsequently laid-up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Benicia, Calif., and shortly afterwards moved to the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. In July 1984, the ship was renamed SS KEYSTONE STATE and subsequently converted to a crane ship at Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, Mich. Today, the ship is part of the Ready Reserve Force and is berthed at Alameda, Calif., capable of being fully activated within 5 days.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 27, 1963
Keel laid: January 23, 1965
Launched: October 2, 1965
Delivered: April 25, 1966
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: two boilers, two turbines
Propellers: one
Length: 669.3 feet (204 meters)
Beam: 76.1 feet (23.2 meters)
Draft: 33.5 feet (10.2 meters)
Displacement: approx. 31,500 tons fully loaded
Speed: 17+ knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Cranes: six 30-ton capacity cranes
Capacity: up to 300 standard containers
Crew: 9 (in reduced operation status), 37 (when activated)
Homeport: Alameda, Calif.


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS KEYSTONE STATE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the KEYSTONE STATE berthed next to her sisterships at Alameda, Calif., on July 18, 2006. The ship on the left is the GRAND CANYON STATE (T-ACS 3) and the ship on the right is the GEM STATE (T-ACS 2).



The photo below was taken by me and shows the KEYSTONE STATE berthed at Alameda, Calif., on March 19, 2012.



The photos below were taken by me and show the KEYSTONE STATE departing the San Francisco area for Portland, Or. The photos were taken on October 9, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the KEYSTONE STATE departing the San Francisco area for Portland, Or. The photos were taken from the Golden Gate Bridge on October 9, 2012.



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