MOUNT WASHINGTON


Year Built
1963
Official Number
293097
Ship Yard
Bethlehem SB Corp
General Type
Tanker
Specific Type
Tanker (Liquid Bulk)
Ship Length
619.9 feet
Beam
83.5 feet
Mast Height
--
Net Tons
17956 tons
Gross Tons
27797 tons
Cargo Capacity
174900 barrels
Draft, Summer
33.66 tons
Draft, Lightweight
--
Displacement, Summer
60577 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
13393 tons
Immersion, Summer
--
Immersion, Lightweight
--


Historical Narrative



The Mount Washington was a petroleum tanker built as the Mount Washington Victory in 1963 by the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. 

Owned by Victory Carriers, the vessel was charted by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), now known as Military Sealift Command.  The Maritime Administration took title of the vessel and renamed it Mount Washington in November 1987.  Mount Washington entered the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) in October 1989.

In 1993, the Maritime Administration substantially refitted Mount Washington, adding an Offshore Petroleum Distribution System (OPDS) to the vessel.  OPDS is designed to transfer petroleum products directly from an offshore tanker to support military operations on shore. A pipeline is run to the beach from a mooring buoy where tankers can attach and pump fuel to onshore storage facilities. The OPDS is particularly effective at locations where fuel piers are unavailable, and tankers are unable to tie up ashore to off-load fuel.

In April 2005, the Maritime Administration downgraded Mount Washington to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and it was moved to the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet anchorage later that year.  The vessel was further downgraded to non-retention status in October 2007. 

Mount Washington departed the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on November 18, 2013 after it had been sold to be recycled.

The Maritime Administration completed a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment for Mount Washington which includes a narrative history of the vessel.  It can be viewed in the Documents section.

Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Acquisition
Date: 11/5/1987

MARAD acquired title; renamed vessel from MOUNT WASHINGTON VICTORY to MOUNT WASHINGTON
Event: RRF
Date: 1/30/1989

Upgraded to Ready Reserve Force.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/27/1998

ENRTE: Tamp Bay SB & DD for drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/3/1998

At Tampa Bay Shipbuilding and Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/27/1998

Conducting sea trial to Houston TX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/30/1998

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/12/1998

No-Notice Turbo Activation 98-4
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/15/1998

Completed Turbo Activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/19/1999

Under tow to City Docks #4
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/19/1999

At City Dock #4
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/13/2000

ENRTE: Tampa Shipyard
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/16/2000

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/4/2000

Conducting sea trial to Houston
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/8/2000

Completed sea trial and return from S/Y
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/9/2001

Parted dock after being struck by barge
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/11/2001

Relocated outboard DIAMOND ST. @ Pier 15
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/7/2001

Under tow for repair to Port of OrangeTX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/8/2001

In for rudder repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/21/2001

Relocating to repair berth
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/21/2001

At CBH for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/18/2001

ENRTE: Detyens S/Y Charleston SC
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/22/2001

At Detyens S/Y for OPDS crane install
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/27/2002

Conducting activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/28/2002

Sea trial complete|Drop sea trial riders
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/28/2002

ENRTE: San Diego CA | MSC OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/15/2002

Uploading OUB's and support equipment
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/17/2002

ENRTE: New outport berth in San Fran CA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/25/2002

At new outport berth Pier 50|MARAD OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/19/2002

To anchorage at San Francisco Bay
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/19/2002

At anchorage in San Francisco Bay
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/19/2002

ENRTE: Cascade General
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/21/2002

At Cascade General for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/22/2003

ENRTE: San Francisco Pier 50
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/25/2003

Returned from repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/2/2004

S/T to San Diego CA | MSC OPCON 02/1/04
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/4/2004

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/6/2004

Commencing JLOTS NEW HORIZONS Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/25/2004

Completed JLOTS NEW HORIZONS Exercise
Event: Downgrade
Date: 4/28/2005

Ship downgraded from RRF to Retention Logistics Support.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/1/2005

Under tow to SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/1/2005

NDRF Lay-up
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/30/2005


Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Expand Download
10/27/2011 National Register Eligibility Assessment Mount Washington.pdf