HARKNESS (T-AGS-32)


Harkness_Photo_1.JPEG
Year Built
1967
Official Number
--
Shipyard
Upper Clyde Shipbuilders
General Type
Other
Specific Type
Survey/Research
MARAD Type
Foreign
Ship Length
393 feet
Beam
54 feet
Mast Height
--
Net Tons
4330 tons
Gross Tons
2890 tons
Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
--
Draft, Lightweight
16.7 tons
Displacement, Summer
3540 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
3035 tons
Immersion, Summer
--
Immersion, Lightweight
--
Fate
Still in Govt. Service

Historical Narrative



The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment for USS Harkness, available in the Documents section, contains a detailed history of the vessel.

Photo Captions

1.) USS Harkness underway.  MARAD file photo.  Date unknown.
2.) USS Harkness underway, with an aircraft carrier in the background.  MARAD file photo.  Date unknown.


Vessel Name History

HARKNESS (T-AGS-32)

Mission

No Mission for this vessel

Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event Date Content
Transfer
4/30/1971 "The Harkness was turned over to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), formerly the Military Sea Transportation Service, in a ceremony at the Boston Navy Yard on April 30, 1971"
Arrival
11/1/1973 "In November 1973, while working in Turkish waters, the ship made a courtesy visit to the Russian Black Seaport of Novorossisk"
Public Viewing
7/1/1976 "During the bicentennial celebrations in July 1976, the Harkness was opened to the public at Port Canaveral, Florida"
Service
8/1/1984 "Between August and October 1984 the Harkness participated in Operation Intense Look, an airborne search for mines in the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea in support of the governments of Egypt and Saudi Arabia."
Service
1/1/1990 Harkness operated in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Deactivation
2/13/1993 The Harkness was deactivated.
Entry
3/29/1993
Transfer
2/16/1994 "On February 16, 1994 it was transferred to the Maritime Administration, and placed in its National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) in the James River off Fort Eustis, Virginia."
Acquisition
2/16/1994 Equip spares;T-AGS 39&40
Interim Movement
1/8/2001 ENRTE: Mass Maritime Academy
Interim Movement
1/10/2001 Temporary training ship for SUNY MA
Departure
2/28/2001 "On February 28, 2001 Harkness departed Fort Schuyler for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, to serve as a stationary facility while the Cape Bon was prepared to serve as a seagoing training vessel for the school"
Interim Movement
2/28/2001 ENRTE: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Interim Movement
3/1/2001 Returned from SUNY Maritime custody
Interim Movement
6/4/2001 Under tow to JRRF (assigned location)
Interim Movement
6/7/2001 Returned from Mass Maritime Academy

7/1/2005 "Downgraded upon reassignment of sister ship, TX CLIPPER II, to the BRF"

7/1/2005 No longer needed for Logistics Support of TX A&M School Ship program
Entered Historic Review
12/8/2008

1/5/2009
Cleared Historic Review
6/26/2009 Vessel cleared NHPA processing.
Status
9/30/2012 Vessel entered retention status in NDRF program.

10/11/2012

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Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Download
6/18/2009 Harkness_NHPA_History.pdf Default Generic Download Image

Plans


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Shipwreck Information


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