USS Amador (AK-158)

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USS Amador (AK-158) at anchor in the Columbia River, Oregon, December 1944.
United States
Name: Amador
Namesake: Amador County, California
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2103[1]
Builder: Kaiser Shipyards Co., Richmond, California
Yard number: 60[1]
Laid down: 27 December 1943
Launched: 15 June 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. S. J. Davis
Acquired: 10 August 1944
Commissioned: 9 October 1944
Decommissioned: 23 October 1944
Recommissioned: 25 November 1944
Decommissioned: 20 June 1946
Refit: 23 October 1944, converted to ammunition tender
Struck: 19 July 1946
Status: sold 23 March 1948, to Sudden & Christensen, Inc., agents for Rederacti Edolajet Signy
Name: Skagern
Namesake: Skagern Lake
Owner: Rederacti Edolajet Signy
Acquired: 13 April 1948
Status: Sold 1963
  • Nicoloas
  • Dina
  • Alkistis
Acquired: 1963
Identification:IMO number5407370
Status: scrapped in Spain in 1980
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 × propeller
Speed: 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted

USS Amador (AK-158) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship commissioned by the US Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.


Amador was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2103, on 27 December 1943, at Richmond, California, by Kaiser Cargo Inc.; launched on 15 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. S. J. Davis; acquired by the Navy on 10 August 1944; commissioned on 9 October 1944, decommissioned at Portland, Oregon, on 23 October 1944 to undergo conversion to an ammunition tender by the Commercial Iron Works, and recommissioned on 25 November 1944, Lieutenant Fred W. Beyer in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Amador got underway early in December for shakedown training off San Pedro, California. She loaded cargo and ammunition at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, then sailed for Eniwetok on 11 January 1945. The ship reached Eniwetok on the 29th and was routed on to Ulithi. Upon her arrival there on 18 February, Amador was assigned to Service Squadron 10.[3]

Delivering ammunition to the Philippines[edit]

Amador remained at Ulithi through 15 March for ammunition handling operations. She next set sail on the 16th for Leyte, Philippines, via Kossol Roads. The ship anchored in San Pedro Bay on 22 March and began issuing ammunition to ships of the fleet, as well as reworking defective projectiles and fuses. On 23 October, she moved to Guinan Roadstead, Samar, and began receiving ammunition from ammunition lighters for transportation back to the United States.[3]

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

On 12 November, Amador got underway for Seattle, Washington. She arrived in Puget Sound on 8 December and remained in that area until 29 March 1946, when she began preparations for deactivation. She was decommissioned on 20 June 1946, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 19 July 1946. The ship was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 23 July 1946. She was subsequently sold and fitted out for service as a merchant ship.[3]




Online resources

  • "Amador". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "C1 Cargo Ships". 28 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  • "USS Amador (AK-158)". 11 July 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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