no coat of arms
Photo by Thoralf Doehring.
Built and delivered as cargo ship LIGHTNING for the Maritime Administration, the ship served as a container ship from 1969-86. Converted to a crane ship from December 18, 1986 till February 8, 1988 by Norshipco in Norfolk, Va., she was placed in service as FLICKERTAIL STATE on February 9, 1988. Today, the ship is berthed at Newport News, Va., capable of being fully activated within 5 days. She is named after the state of North Dakota which is also refered to as Flickertail State.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: November 30, 1965|
|Keel laid: February 14, 1967|
|Launched: May 11, 1968|
|Delivered: February 21, 1969|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, two turbines|
|Length: 610 feet (186 meters)|
|Beam: 78.2 feet (23.83 meters)|
|Draft: 31.6 feet (9.63 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 25,000 tons fully loaded|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Capacity: 710 TEU|
|Cranes: four 30-ton capacity cranes|
|Crew: 9 (in reduced operation status), 32 (when activated)|
|Homeport: Newport News, Va.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS FLICKERTAIL STATE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
SS FLICKERTAIL STATE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the FLICKERTAIL STATE passing Bremerhaven, Germany, on her way to nearby Nordenham on May 11, 2017.