“T/S State of Maine” on final voyage

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November 23, 2010

We’re sure that there quite a few readers of gCaptain that have fond memories of the T.S. State of Maine (ex USNS Upshur), which is why we wanted to pass along the link to the Facebook page that was recently set up by Captain Larry Wade, Master of the T.S. State of Maine, commemorating the history and memories of the the vessel that served as Maine Maritime training ship for 17 years.  From the “T.V. State of Maine, ak ‘The Grey Ghost’” facebook page:

The last ride of the state of Maine USNS Upshur.  USNS UPSHUR, STATE OF MAINE III is underway to the ship breaker in Brownsville Texas.

Attached is a final photo taken by Carl Castiglioni. Interestingly Carl worked with me on the Harkness final days prior to starting the TANNER conversion into the current STATE OF MAINE IV.

I must say that the Drydock Photo certainly looks better than the Photos while in USCG possession on the beach in Mobile.

Sad day for a grand ship that provided the Merchant Marine with a long string of Licensed Officers.


For those of you who spent some time on the vessel, be sure to “Like” “T.V. State of Maine, ak ‘The Grey Ghost’” page and share some stories.

[Image courtesy Facebook]

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