USS Etamin (AK-93)

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USS Etamin (AK-93), broadside view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
USS Etamin (AK-93), broadside view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
History
United States
Name:
  • Isaac Babbitt
  • Etamin
Namesake:
Owner:
Operator:
Ordered: as a Type EC2-S-C1 hull, MCE hull 1106[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Cost: $1,728,590[2]
Yard number: 1106[1]
Way number: 1[1]
Laid down: 28 March 1943
Launched: 25 April 1943
Acquired: 8 May 1943
Commissioned: 25 May 1943
Decommissioned: 26 June 1944
In service: 12 August 1944
Out of service: 9 July 1946
Reclassified: non-self propelled storage hulk, 12 August 1944
Struck: 31 July 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
2 × battle stars
Fate: sold, 2 February 1948
Status: removed, 3 March 1948
General characteristics [3]
Class and type: Crater-class cargo ship
Tonnage:
Displacement:
  • 4,023 long tons (4,088 t) (standard)
  • 14,550 long tons (14,780 t) (full load)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
Depth:
  • 37 ft 4 in (11.38 m)[2]
  • 34 ft 8 in (10.57 m)[4]
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12.5 kn (14.4 mph; 23.2 km/h)
Capacity:
  • 7,800 t (7,700 long tons) DWT
  • 444,206 cu ft (12,578.5 m3) (non-refrigerated)
Complement: 198
Armament:

USS Etamin (AK-93) was the Liberty ship (EC2) Isaac Babbitt constructed for the US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) in 1943 for World War II service at a cost of $1,728,590. After acquisition by the US Navy, the ship was named Etamin, after the brightest star in the constellation Draco and manned by a US Coast Guard crew. As a Crater-class cargo ship, she served the military in the Pacific Ocean by providing food and material until she was torpedoed and put out of service. After repairs, she served as a non-self-propelled floating warehouse for the rest of the war, the ship ended the war in the Philippines and was among fifteen hulls sold for scrap for a lump sum of $271,000.

Construction[edit]

Etamin was launched 25 April 1943, as Isaac Babbitt, MCE hull 1106, by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 2, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract; acquired by the Navy 8 May 1943; and commissioned 25 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander George Washington Stedman, Jr., USCGR, in command.[5][3]


Service history[edit]

She was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), 12th Naval District with operational control given to Commander, 7th Fleet Service Force.[5]

The ship was one of five Navy manned Liberties assigned 8 December 1943 to the Southwest Pacific Area for service to meet Army requirements,[6] she was active in the southwest Pacific Ocean issuing stores to the fleet and making minor repairs.[5]

On 27 April 1944,Etamin was disabled by a torpedo hit in Milne Bay and towed to Cairns, Australia, where she decommissioned on 26 June 1944. The ship, no longer self-propelled because of the torpedo damage, was designated as an unclassified miscellaneous auxiliary (IX) and placed in service as Etamin (IX-173) on 12 August 1944 continuing to issue stores to the fleet while under tow. She was placed out of service on 9 July 1946 and stricken from the Navy List on 31 July.[5]

Sale and scrapping[edit]

Returned to the MARCOM for disposal, the ship was laid up at Subic Bay, Philippines, 9 July 1946, she was one of fifteen vessels sold for scrap to Asia Development Corporation, Shanghai, for a total of $271,000. [7] She was sold 29 January 1948,[2] and delivered 3 March 1948.[7]

Awards[edit]

Etamin received two battle stars for World War II service.[5]

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