Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
General Type
Specific Type
Tanker (Liquid Bulk)
Ship Length
255.6 feet
42.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
1132 tons
Gross Tons
1947 tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
Draft, Lightweight
Displacement, Summer
3870 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
1172 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

The coastal liquid-bulk tanker Alaska Standard (later renamed Sagamore), was launched in 1959 by Albina Engine and Machine Works of Portland, Oregon, for the Standard Oil Company of California. 

The ship was constructed to continue the duties of its predecessor, the first Alaska Standard, which was built in 1923.  For 35 years, the earlier vessel supplied fuel to extremely remote towns and villages located along Alaska’s rugged coast, as well as to the camps of miners, trappers, and fishermen. The second Alaska Standard was designed by L. C. Norgaard & Associates of San Francisco, a company that was originally founded as a repair yard in 1904. 

Alaska Standard (later Sagamore) was 255 feet in overall length, 37 feet longer than the first Alaska Standard.  The Alaska Standard was a one-off design and had no sister ships.  It was built for a specific service that could be handled by one ship, and performed its work successfully for almost three decades.  

Alaska Standard was sold to Sealift Tankers, Inc. on August 26, 1986 and renamed Sagamore.  It entered the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet sometime on October 20, 1987.

The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment and the National Park Service's HAER survey for Sagamore, both available in the Documents section, contain detailed histories of the vessel.

Vessel Name History

1959 - 1986: Alaska Standard
1986 - 2011: Sagamore

Historical Documents
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Event: Completed
Date: 3/31/1959

Completed by Albina Engine Works
Event: Ship Name Change
Date: 8/26/1986

Event: Acquisition
Date: 8/8/1987

ex ALASKA STANDARD, Sealift Inc.
Event: Entry
Date: 10/20/1987

Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Event: Departed Fleet
Date: 5/16/2011

Vessel departed Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet under a scrap services contract
Event: Withdrawal
Date: 9/15/2011

Vessel dismantlement complete

Ship Imagery

Status Cards


Date Type Name Expand Download
10/1/2010 Sagamore_NHPA_History.pdf
12/13/2013 Sagamore_HAER_Report.pdf