USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association
AOG 38 AO 148 TAO 148
Our Past President, PF Hammond, obtained this set of close
up pictures of the Ponchatoula in dry dock at Mare Island
Shipyard. She was there to have her hull cleaned for decontamination before taking her on to the open ocean.
The page you are going to was produced by USS Kawishiwi
plank owner Vern Bouwman. Vern Bouwman is the
webmaster for the Kawishiwi's website and has written a book on the subject of Navy oilers. The book
"Navy Super Tankers" is available thru Amazon.com.
When you get to the page you will see a map of the
Ponchatoula's voyage south along the coast. The small rectangular
boxes below the map are the links that tell the story of the Ponchaoula departing San Francisco.
One more thing. The video takes 3 to 5 minutes to load, so be patient, go get a cup of coffee and it will come up.
These pictures are taken by Shipmate and Photographer Phillip
Jones as the
Ponchatoula's last voyage comes to an end.