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Empire State V, James River Reserve Fleet, Newport News, Newport News, VA

Empire State V, James River Reserve Fleet, Newport News, Newport News, VA

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Significance: Originally built for American President Lines for commercial purposes, the Military Sea Transportation Services instead converted the Empire State V to a troopship. One of three in its class, it was notable for the installation of air conditioning. The Empire State V served for twenty-one years as a troop transport in the Korean and Vietnam wars prior to being decommissioned in 1973. The New York State Maritime College later used it as a training ship for cadets until 1990.
Survey number: HAER VA-131
Building/structure dates: 1949-1952 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1973 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 2007 Demolished



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Sharp, George G
New York Shipbuilding Corporation
Military Sea Transportation Service
Military Sealift Command
U.S. Navy
U.S. Maritime Administration
New York State Maritime College
Bay Bridge Enterprises
George G Sharp Company
American President Lines
Dollar Line
Barrett, Charles Dodson
Marine Corps
U.S. Maritime Administration, sponsor
Christianson, Justine, transmitter
Croteau, Todd, project manager
Koehler, Erhard, sponsor


Newport News (Va.)37.08708, -76.47301
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