USS Dauphin (APA-97)

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Career (USA)
Name: USS Dauphin (APA-97)
Namesake: A county in Pennsylvania
Builder: Bethlehem Steel
Launched: 10 June 1944
Sponsored by: Miss B. Conway
Acquired: 23 September 1944
Commissioned: 23 September 1944
Decommissioned: 30 April 1946
Honours and
awards:
One battle star for World War II service
Fate: Scrapped, 1979
General characteristics
Class & type: Windsor-class attack transport
Displacement: 7,970 tons (lt), 13,132 t. (fl)
Length: 473 ft 1 in (144.20 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Propulsion: Bethlehem geared turbine drive, 2 x Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, single propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,000
Speed: 18.6 knots (34.4 km/h)
Capacity:

Troops: Officer 91 Enlisted 1,420


Cargo: 150,000 cu ft (4,200 m3), 1,600 tons
Complement: Officer 54 Enlisted 498
Armament: 1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mounts, 2 x Bofors 40 mm gun mounts, 2 x twin 20mm gun mounts, 18 x single 20 mm gun mounts
Notes: MCV Hull No. 1675, hull type C3-S-A3

USS Dauphin (APA-97) was a Windsor-class attack transport that served with the US Navy during World War II.

Dauphin (APA-97) was named after Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Dauphin (APA-97) was launched 10 June 1944 by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland, under a Maritime Commission contract; transferred to the Navy 23 September 1944; and commissioned the same day, Commander B. Connelly in command.

World War II[edit]

Dauphin reported to Newport, Rhode Island 29 October 1944 for duty training precommissioning crews of transport and cargo ships, so serving 36 ships. Clearing Newport 20 January 1945 she arrived at Norfolk, Virginia the next day to load cargo, and on 13 February got underway for the Pacific.

Invasion of Okinawa[edit]

She embarked troops and combat cargo at Pearl Harbor between 5 and 29 March, and arrived at Ulithi staging point for the Okinawa operation 15 April. She sailed from Ulithi on the 22d to land reinforcements at Hagushi Beach, Okinawa, from 26 to 30 April.

Transport missions[edit]

Carrying casualties, she called at Saipan and arrived at San Francisco 22 May.

A week later Dauphin was underway for the Philippines. From 27 June until the end of the war she carried troops from New Guinea to the Philippines.

After hostilities[edit]

On 26 August, Dauphin sailed from Batangas Bay, Luzon, with occupation troops. She anchored in Tokyo Bay the day of surrender, 2 September, and from 4 September to 27 October made four similar voyages carrying troops from the Philippines to Japan. Assigned to the Operation Magic Carpet fleet she made two voyages carrying home veterans from Sasebo, Japan, and San Pedro Bay, Leyte, between 6 November 1945 and 17 January 1946.

Decommission[edit]

On the last day of January she put out for the east coast, arriving at Norfolk 17 February. Dauphin was decommissioned there 3 April 1946 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration the next day for disposal.

Dauphin earned one battle star for World War II service.

Commercial Service[edit]

Dauphin was sold for commercial service in 1948, being refurbished as passenger-cargo ship SS Exochorda, and later becoming SS Stevens, a floating dormitory for Stevens Institute of Technology.[1] She was scrapped in 1979.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Joan Cook, Joan (12 May 1975). "Floating Dormitory About to Be Scuttled" (PDF, fee required). New York Times. p. 59. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.