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USS Watson.(T-AKR-310)
Built in San Diego 1997
62644 tons
Speed 24 knots
Powered by two gas turbines
operated by Military Sealift Command as a prepositioned supply ship
· Date: Fri, 20 June 08 · Views: 400
· Filesize: 91.7kb · Dimensions: 775 x 633 ·
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NAUCLER
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Registered: December 2006
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Fri, 20 June 08 13:16

Please note on your text on the ships tonnage on the "62 644 tons" if this is 62 644 Gross register tonnes (the ships volume) or the ships weight in displacement, which is often the only tonnage noted on naval ships - because if it is displacament, the ship's weight fully loaded, the unit for it should be "tonnes" of 1000 kilogrammes and not "tons" the English long tonne of 1016 kilogrammes which internationally was abandoned in all registers in 1975. According to my eye this ship's size maybe possible of both being 62 644 (volume) GRT or new GT or having 62 644 (weight) tonnes fully loaded. This very different units (volume and weight respectively) can make a real tupsyturvy in our notes as ship researchers and historians.
Thanks for posting a really nice photo shot of these for us rather unknown ships!
Johan de Nauclér
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Uppsala, Sweden-EU.
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surfaceblow
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Sat, 13 September 08 13:17

It is USNS Watson

http://navysite.de/akr/akr310.htm
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Klaatu83
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Tue, 12 July 11 22:54

I recall seeing this ship based at Diego Garcia back in 1999-2000. She was absolutely enormous - 950 feet long and 106 foot beam (Panamax). I believe she had a crew of 24.
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makko

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Tue, 12 July 11 23:33

Ex Barber Blue Sea (Panamax) vessels are 850'x137' - Cape "H" (Henry {Priam}) etc.
Rgds.
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Klaatu83
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Sun, 19 August 12 21:48

I saw this RO-RO ship, and others of the same class, in the Indian Ocean. A photo doesn't do them justice. They are enormous:
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 34 ft
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bobs

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Mon, 20 August 12 05:01

USNS WATSON
IMO no: 9112727
Gross tonnage (gt) 72,737 tons (volumetric measure); Deadweight tonnage: 36,245 METRIC tonnes (weight); Full load displacement: approx 62,970 LONG tons (weight); Standard displacement: approx 29,000 LONG tons (weight).
The Americans still tend to use Long tons for ships’ displacement

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