USNS MISPILLION was the first of five former MARAD standard type T3-S2-A3 oilers which received a "jumboization" conversion in the mid-1960s. Commissioned in 1945, the MISPILLION was the first ship in the Navy named after the river in Delaware. Transfered to the Military Sealift Command in 1975, the MISPILLION was eventually decommissioned in 1991. Subsequently laid up in Benicia, Calif., as part of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, the MISPILLION was finally sold for scrapping to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Tx., in 2012.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: February 14, 1945|
|Launched: August 10, 1945|
|Commissioned: December 29, 1945|
|Decommissioned: July 26, 1974|
|MSC "in service": 1975|
|Stricken: February 15, 1995|
|Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.|
|Propulsion system: four boilers|
|Length: 646.8 feet (196.9 meters)|
|Beam: 75.1 feet (22.9 meters)|
|Draft: 35.4 feet (10.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 34,750 tons|
|Speed: 16+ knots|
|Capacity: approx. 23,800 tons of fuel|
|Crew: approx. 108 civilians and a Navy personnel detachment|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS MISPILLION. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS / USNS MISPILLION:
|January 10, 1982||Indian Ocean|
During routine fuel transfer, the USNS MISPILLION and the Navy-contracted tanker TEXAS TRADER collide causing minor damage to both ships. No injuries are reported.
USS / USNS MISPILLION Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the MISPILLION laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010. The large dark barge on the left is the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB 1) housing the Sea Shadow.