s.s. John L. Sullivan - Ships Nostalgia
16:32

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

s.s. John L. Sullivan

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 28th December 2009, 04:40
Abbeywood. Abbeywood. is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 211
s.s. John L. Sullivan

This ship was built at the Permanente Metals Corp' Yard No 2, and engined by the Willamette Iron & Steel Co, Portland, Oregon, in 1943, as one of the ubiquitous 'Liberty' ships.
After war service she appears to have been laid up, (location unknown), until 1957 when she was converted for use by the Underwater Explosion Research Division of Norfolk Naval Shipyard, to test hull resistaence to underwater explosions.
Prior to these experiments the propulsion machinery was removed and the ship was fitted with four T34 turbo-prop 'aero' engines, mounted in the For'd and Aft gun tubs, these were intended to be used for minor positioning adjustments, although it was claimed that in producing 24000 hp they were able to drive the ship at about 8 knots, and no doubt expending countless gallons of fuel doing so
The ship was now nameless, and officially known only as YAG-37. (Miscellaneous Auxiliary)
At the end of the experiments the aero-engines were removed and holes in the hull repaired. The ship was broken up, in 1958.
There is a photo' of the ship, with aero-engines, in Mitchell & Sawyer's excellent tome 'The Liberty Ships', (David & Charles, 1970), and I would be interested to read any comments from those who may have 'sailed' in this contraption, or witnessed it in motion.
It seems obvious that nobody ever slept on board as the sheer noise alone would have prohibited sleep. - and communication must have been by sign language.

Last edited by Abbeywood.; 28th December 2009 at 04:51.. Reason: Commas and full stops
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stag Line Shipping North Shields Robert Other Companies/Ships 100 27th August 2019 03:55
Athel Tankers treeve Tankers 178 6th March 2017 14:36
John Holt & Co. (Guinea Gulf Line) maritiem Other Companies/Ships 5 20th August 2015 14:49
John Taylor Bennet (john Lawton) john taylor bennett Maritime Family History Research 3 11th January 2013 21:19
John MacDonald (Clachan, Kintyre) ian d.cameron Looking for Old Shipmates 0 11th September 2009 13:39



Support SN


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.