USS General W. G. Haan (AP-158)

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United States
Name: General W. G. Haan
Namesake: Major General William George Haan
Ordered: as a Type C4-S-A1 hull, MC hull 715[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 29[1]
Launched: 20 March 1945
Sponsored by: Miss Helen Coxhead
Commissioned: 2 August 1945
Decommissioned: 7 June 1946
Fate: Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 7 June 1946
Status: Transferer to the Army Transportation Service (ATS), 7 June 1946
United States
Name: General W. G. Haan
Operator: ATS
Acquired: 7 June 1946
Fate: Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950
Status: Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
United States
Name: General W. G. Haan
Operator: MSTS
Acquired: 1 March 1950
Out of service: Reduced operational status, March 1955
In service: Fully operational status, December 1956
Out of service: Reduced operational status, 7 January 1957
Status: Title transfer to Hudson Waterway Corp. (MARAD Exchange), November 1969
United StatesUnited States
Name: Transoregon
Operator: Hudson Waterway Corp.
Acquired: November 1969
Refit: rebuilt as a container ship, December 1969
Fate: Sold to Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority, 14 October 1974
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
  • Transoregon
  • Mayaquez
Operator: Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority
Acquired: 14 October 1974
Renamed: Mayaqez, 4 March 1975
Fate: Sold to Merchant Terminal Corp., 20 September 1982
United StatesUnited States
Name: Amco Trader
Operator: Merchant Terminal Corp
Acquired: 20 September 1982
Fate: Sold to Steamco Co., June 1985
United StatesUnited States
Name: Amco Trader
Operator: Steamco Co.
Acquired: 20 September 1982
Fate: Sold to Crestwood Corp., 19 November 1985
United StatesUnited States
Name: Trader
Operator: Crestwood Corp.
Acquired: 19 November 1985
Identification:IMO number6904868
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 2 October 1986
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: General G. O. Squier-class transport ship
Type: Type C4-S-A1
  • 9,950 long tons (10,110 t) (light)
  • 17,250 long tons (17,530 t) (full)
Length: 522 ft 10 in (159.36 m)
Beam: 71 ft 6 in (21.79 m)
Draft: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Installed power:
  • 2 × Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 465 psi (3,210 kPa) 450 °F (232 °C)
  • 9,000 shp (6,700 kW)
  • 1 × Westinghouse geared turbine
  • 1 × double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
  • 1 × Propeller
Speed: 16.5 kn (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
  • 1,900 t (1,900 long tons) DWT
  • 70,000 cu ft (2,000 m3) (non-refrigerated)
Troops: 228 officers, 3595 enlisted
Complement: 32 officers, 324 enlisted

USS General W. G. Haan (AP-158) was a General G. O. Squier-class transport ship for the US Navy in World War II. She was named in honor of US Army Major General William G. Haan. She was transferred to the US Army as USAT General W. G. Haan in 1946. On 1 March 1950, she was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS General W. G. Haan (T-AP-158). She was later sold for commercial operation under several names before being scrapped in 1987.


General W. G. Haan was launched 20 March 1945, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 715, by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 3, Richmond, California; sponsored by Miss Helen Coxhead; acquired by the Navy and simultaneously commissioned 2 August 1945, Commander J. V. Rylander in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

General W. G. Haan conducted shakedown training out of San Diego, California, until after the surrender of Japan. Departing 4 September 1945, for the southwest Pacific, the transport touched at Eniwetok, Leyte, and Manila, before returning to Seattle, Washington, with homecoming veterans 22 October. Subsequently, the ship made two voyages to Japan and the Philippines, bringing occupation troops and embarking returning servicemen. She returned to San Francisco, California, after her last passage, and departed 30 April 1946, for the East Coast via the Panama Canal. Arriving Baltimore , Maryland, 25 May, General W. G. Haan decommissioned there 7 June 1946, and was returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for further transfer to the Army Transport Service.[3]

On 2 October 1949, General W. G. Haan departed Naples with 1303 displaced persons from Eastern Europe for resettlement in Australia,[4] arriving 15 November 1949, at Melbourne.[5] On 18 December 1949, she left Bremerhaven arriving 28 December, in New York City with mostly Polish passengers. She completed another voyage to Melbourne on 20 February 1950, with 1301 more refugees.[5]

Reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950, General W. G. Haan was assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) under a civilian crew. Until 1953, she operated under the International Refugee Organization and carried displaced East Europeans from northern European ports to the United States. In 1952, General W. G. Haan also made two support voyages to the American bases at Thule, Greenland, and Goose Bay, Labrador. Following this demanding duty, the ship made several voyages to Europe in support of American units. She continued this steaming schedule until March 1955, when she was placed in Reduced Operational Status at New York.[3]

In December 1956, General W. G. Haan resumed duty as a refugee transport, steaming from Bremerhaven to New York, and arriving on 7 January 1957. She embarked refugees from the Hungarian Revolution, among them, András István Gróf, who would eventually take the helm of Intel Corporation.[6] General W. G. Haan was again placed in Reduced Operational Status in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, Texas, and was returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) 22 October 1958. She entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet for layup at nearby Beaumont.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

She was sold for commercial use in 1968, to Hudson Waterways Corporation, of New York. In 1969, the ship was rebuilt as a 13,489 gross ton container ship by Maryland Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. in Baltimore, Maryland, and renamed Transoregon, hauling containerized cargo for Seatrain Lines.[2] In 1975 she was sold to the Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority and renamed Mayaguez (not to be confused with the Sea-Land ship of the same name involved in the Mayaguez incident). She was sold in 1982, the Merchant Terminal Corporation of New York and renamed Amco Trader. She was laid up in New York[7] when sold to Steamco Co. on June 1985. She was resold to Crestwood Corp., 19 November 1985, and renamed Trader. She was scrapped at Taiwan in 1987.[2][8]




Online resources

  • "LST-925". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Permanente No. 3, Richmond CA". 27 November 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  • "USNS General W. G. Haan (T-AP-158)". 6 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  • Swiggum, S.; Kohli, M. (2 July 2010). "Ship Descriptions - G". The Ships List. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  • "Immigrant Ships, Transcribers Guild, General Haan". 25 October 2002. Retrieved 9 November 2007.
  • Tündern-Smith, Ann (31 December 2006). "Ships of the Fifth Fleet". Retrieved 9 November 2007.

Printed resources

  • Williams, Greg H. (2013). World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands. McFarland Books. ISBN 978-0-7864-6645-0.

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