USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)

Posted: 7 February, 2010 by Fairlane in ugly
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USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)

IMO: 7234430

Build: 1972 by Burmeister & Wain – Allerod in Denmark, nr 846 as Jutlandia

Innocence: Traditionally this characteristic has been attributed as one that can exist in something that is pure and unadulterated. Thus, when innocence is lost, whatever once possessed it has become dirty, and could be said that in some way or another, is now ugly.

If that is the case, this vessel has definitely been purged of it.

She was born, almost 40 years ago, as a simple container ship named the Jutlandia.

However, at some point in her life, she was purchased by the United States Navy, and her original purpose was stripped from her, along with a good portion of her sheet metal.

In its place she became a vehicle carrier, which is a travesty of a fate in itself. Add even more bolt-ons to suit her particular service needs, and she became a bloated alter-ego of her original identity.

On the positive side, had she not “grown up,” she would probably be scrapped by now. But is the sacrifice of her innocence worth living on as ugly?

Her sister, the Selandia, followed the same fate, being transformed into the identical USNS Gilliland:

  1. Stuartg says:

    I agree, She looked graceful in the first picture. Is it normal for navies to buy second-hand?

  2. Paul says:

    Disagree! I worked on here for five years and always had been proud to see her picture in different magazines.

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