USNS Aeolus

North Carolina,USA

USS Turando was an Artemis class attack cargo ship laid down at Walsh-Kaiser Shipbuilding Company in March 1945. She was launched tow months later and commissioned in June 1945. She did several supply tours in the Pacific, and participated in shipping US troops back to US soil after Second World War. In 1954 she was converted to a cable ship and renamed USS Aeolus. In 1973 she was re-assigned to non commissioned service with the Sealift Command as USNS Aeolus until she was taken out of service in 1985. She was transferred to the state of North Carolina and sunk as an artificial reef 29. July 1988 outside the Beaufort inlet. A hurricane broke the wreck in three parts in 1996, and her battered remains rest today in three parts on a depth of 26 to 35 meter.

Former names:
USNS Aeolus- T ARC-3
USS Turandot - AKA 47,
USS Aeolus - ARC 3
426,0 x 58,0 x 16,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4087 displ ( std )
Providence ( US ) 1945
( US )

N34°16.685’ W76°38.659’
( Source: NC Diving )

Picture: USS Aeolus
Courtesy of US Navy, Public domain

Last updated: February 2021