USS Knox (APA-46)

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Career (U.S.)
Name: USS Knox (APA-91)
(MC Hull No. 430)
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Reclassified: AP-91 to APA-46, 1 February 1943
Launched: 17 July 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. R. K. Forde
Acquired: 30 September 1943
Commissioned: 30 September 1943 (ferry)
Decommissioned: 14 October 1943
Refit: Conversion by Bethlehem Steel
Commissioned: 4 March 1944 (full)
Decommissioned: 14 March 1946
Struck: 1 May 1946
Honors and
awards:
5 battle stars, World War II
Fate: Sold for commercial service, 1947
Scrapped, June 1971
General characteristics
Class & type: Bayfield-class attack transport
(Type C3-S-A2)
Displacement: 8,100 tons, 16,100 tons fully loaded
Length: 492 ft (150 m)
Beam: 69 ft 6 in (21.18 m)
Draft: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Propulsion: Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 x Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, single propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500
Speed: 18 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
17 x LCVP
2 x LCM (Mk-6).
Capacity: 4,700 tons (175,000 cu. ft).
Complement: Crew: 51 officers, 524 enlisted
Flag: 43 officers, 108 enlisted.
Troops: 80 officers, 1,146 enlisted
Armament: 2 × single 5 inch/38 cal. dual purpose gun mounts, one fore and one aft
2 × twin 40mm AA gun mounts
2 × single 40mm AA gun mounts.
18 × single 20mm AA gun mounts.
For other ships of the same name, see USS Knox.

USS Knox (APA-46) was a Bayfield-class attack transport that served with the US Navy during World War II. She was named for counties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.

The vessel was laid down by Ingalls Shipbuilding under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched 17 July 1943. She was fitted out as an attack transport at Bethlehem Steel in Brooklyn, New York and commissioned as USS Knox (APA-46) on 4 March 1944.

Knox served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and received five battle stars for wartime operations.

On 14 March 1946 Knox was decommissioned, struck from the Navy Vessel Register on 1 May, and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 14 May.

In 1947 Knox was sold to Isthmian Lines and renamed Steel Recorder. She was later sold on to States Marine Lines and named Constitution State. She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1971.

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