MISSILE MEASUREMENT SHIP
Radar - Missile Tracking
January 22, 1959
ABOARD THE NEW MISSILE RESEARCH SHIP
Central control room of the new "missile measurement ship,"
the S.S. American Mariner, which is scheduled to sail from Baltimore
tomorrow (Friday, January 23) to assist in tracking its missiles fired
over the South Atlantic.
The ship was fitted out at the Maryland Shipbuilding and Dry Dock
Company by the Radio Corporation of America as a veritable floating
laboratory of electronic and optical instruments.
Original Caption by Science Service
© Radio Corporation of America
February 21, 2005
AMERICAN MARINER with reference
American Mariner began construction in Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard
in Baltimore, MD, as S.S. George Calvert, U.S. Maritime Commission
hull number 20. Immediately upon launching, the standard construction
and outfitting contract with Fairfield was cancelled, and she was
towed to the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Key Highway plant
in Baltimore for completion as a cadet training ship.
At that time, her name was changed to American Mariner to become
a companion to American Seaman and American Sailor as cadet training
vessels. She continued in service as a training ship until 1950, when
she was laid up at Kings Point, NY.
She was still used for training even though laid up until December
1953 when she was transferred to the Hudson River Reserve Fleet at
Jones Point, NY.
Here she remained until June 1958 when she was towed out of reserve
for conversion into a missile tracking platform for the Army.
She began her new duties on the Atlantic Missile Range in January
1959. She continued as a missile tracking ship for various agencies
On October 21, 1966 she was sunk in 20 feet of water in the Chesapeake
Bay near Point Lookout, MD as a target ship for Navy pilots flying
from Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
She remains there today.
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Courtesy: A. Davis Whittaker, Jr.