USS Etamin (AK-93)

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Career (US)
Name: USS Etamin
Ordered: as Isaac Babbitt, EC2-S-C1 hull, MCE hull 1106
Laid down: 28 March 1943
Launched: 25 April 1943
Acquired: 8 May 1943
Commissioned: USS Etamin (AK-93), 25 May 1943, with a U.S. Coast Guard crew
Decommissioned: 26 June 1944
In service: as Etamin (IX-173), 12 August 1944
Out of service: 9 July 1946
Struck: 31 July 1946
Fate: scrapped in 1949 at Shanghai, China
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,023 t.(lt), 11,565 t.(fl)
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draught: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
Propulsion: reciprocating steam engine, single shaft, 1,950shp
Speed: 12 kts.
Complement: 198
Armament: one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm guns, six 20mm guns

USS Etamin (AK-93) was a Crater-class cargo ship constructed for the U.S. Navy for duty in World War II, named after Etamin, the other name of Eltanin, the star in constellation Draco. 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.

Etamin (AK-93), formerly SS Isaac Babbitt, was acquired by the Navy on 8 May 1943, and commissioned with a U.S. Coast Guard crew on 25 May of that year, Lieutenant Commander G. W. Stedman, Jr., USCGR, in command.

Supporting the NTS at the 12th Naval District[edit]

The ship was one of five Navy manned Liberties assigned 8 December 1943 to the Southwest Pacific Area for service to meet Army requirements.[1] She was assigned to the Naval Transportation Service, 12th Naval District with operational control given to Commander, 7th Fleet Service Force. She was active in the southwest Pacific Ocean issuing stores to the fleet and making minor repairs.[2]

Struck by a torpedo and disabled[edit]

Etamin was disabled by a torpedo hit in Milne Bay on 27 April 1944. She was towed to Cairns, Australia, and decommissioned on 26 June 1944.

Reactivated as IX-173[edit]

Etamin, no longer self-propelled because of the torpedo damage, was placed in service as IX-173 on 12 August 1944 and continued while under tow to issue stores to the fleet. She was placed out of service on 9 July 1946 and stricken from the Navy List on 31 July.

Military awards and honors[edit]

Etamin received two battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  • Masterson, Dr. James R. (1949). U. S. Army Transportation In The Southwest Pacific Area 1941-1947. Washington, D. C.: Transportation Unit, Historical Division, Special Staff, U. S. Army. 

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