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NAMESAKE

USNS H.H. Hess T-AGS-38 was named in honor of Harry Hammond Hess (1906-1969). He was was an American
geologist and a United States Navy officer who is considered
one of the founding fathers of the unifying theory of plate tectonics.

   

SS Canada Mail

The original incarnation of USNS Hess.

(Submitted courtesy of Bennett Scharf.
Original source unknown, but obviously copied from a book.)
 

SS Canada Mail

Or perhaps its twin SS Oregon Mail from an
American Mail Lines sales brochure c. 1971.
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38
 
Color photo, date and location unknown.

(Submitted courtesy of
Bennett Scharf.
Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38

At Elliott Bay, looking toward Seattle.
Date unknown.

(Photo from Carl Friberg
.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38

Date and location unknown.

(Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38

Commercial postcard photo.
Date and location unknown.
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38

US Maritime Administration (MARAD) status card.

(Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38 at Sea


(Photo from Phil Brooks. Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38 Deckhouse


(Photo from Phil Brooks. Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38 in Drydock


(Photo from Phil Brooks. Original source unknown.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38 Transits the Panama Canal


(Photo from Carl Friberg.)
   

USNS H. H. Hess T-AGS-38 Docked at Broadway Pier, San Diego in November 1981


(Photo from Bill Truslow.)