Latest pictures added on - 10/02/2008









Pictures of Compass Island awaiting the beginning of the end at Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England,  from Microsoft Virtual Earth web site. 




E-AG-153 Compass Island

Below taken from and more pictures available at:  NavSource Online

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:


November - Papa - Whiskey - Golf

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (5-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

Compass Island Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary (Navigational Research) Ship:
  • Laid down as a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1a) hull under Maritime Commission contract, (MA 26) as SS Garden State Mariner at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 24 October 1953
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 March 1956
  • Commissioned USS Compass Island (E-AG-153), 3 December 1956, CDR. J. A. Dare in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 May 1980
  • Transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1981
  • Permanent title transfer to MARAD, 9 April 1993
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England, and removed from the Reserve Fleet, 16 October 2003 under tow to the United Kingdom

    Displacement 18,000 t.(fl)
    Length 563'
    Beam 76'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Propulsion steam turbine, two boilers, single shaft