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SS Andrew Furuseth was a Liberty Ship built under a MARCOM contract during World War II, at the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific request for a Liberty Ship named after their union’s president, Andrew Furuseth. The ship’s builder was Permanente Metals Corporation and it was launched on 7 September 1942, on Labor Day, after a 78-day construction period.
Under the War Shipping Administration’s control and operated by the Matson Navigation Company, the ship carried cargo delivery missions and troops transportation throughout the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. After the war, SS Andrew Furuseth began the tasks of bringing the troops back to US, mainly to New York and Boston.
SS Andrew Furuseth is the ship that Carlos Miguel Allende was on when he claimed that he witnessed the alleged military experiment known as the Philadelphia Experiment. During the alleged experiment carried out by the US Navy, it was claimed that US destroyer USS Eldridge have been made invisible, teleported to another dimension where it encountered aliens and then teleported back to US, resulting in the death of several crew members. The US Navy declared that the experiment never took place and that the story is in direct contradiction to known physical laws. The story is widely accepted to be a hoax.
After the war, the vessel was sold to a private company from Norway and subsequently sold again to Japanese owners. It was scrapped in June 1967 at Nirao, Japan.