|State of Maine
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|Arrival in port.
|"State of Maine" is a training ship for the US Maine Maritime Academy. She was originally deivered to the US Navy in 1990 as the "T-AGS-40 Tanner" and was a fast oceanographic research vessel.
Only 3 years in service she was laid up in 1993 after a catastrophic engine failure.
The ship lay idle in the James River Reserve Fleet until 1996 when she began a conversion process, which removed her underwater sonar domes and equipment. The two original engines were removed and a new power plant was installed.
The vessel was modified to increase the accommodations from 108 to 302 persons. New lifesaving equipment and upgrades to existing equipment were accomplished as well as enhancements to the habitability requirements of the vessel. She was delivered to Maine Maritime Academy on 6 June 1997 and sailed her maiden training cruise the following week.