USS Lenoir (AKA-74)

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USS Lenoir (AKA-74)
Career
Name: USS Lenoir
Namesake: Lenoir County, North Carolina
Builder: North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, North Carolina
Laid down: 7 September 1944
Launched: 6 November 1944
Commissioned: 14 December 1944
Decommissioned: 13 June 1946
Renamed: SS Margaret Lykes
SS Gulf Merchant
SS Del Aires
SS Columbia Tiger
SS Antillian Tiger
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Sold into merchant service, 1 October 1947
Scrapped 1971
General characteristics
Class and type: Tolland-class attack cargo ship
Displacement: 13,910 long tons (14,133 t) full
Length: 459 ft 2 in (139.95 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
Propulsion: GE geared turbine drive, single propeller, 6,000 hp (4.5 MW)
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Range: 17,000 miles
Boats and landing
craft carried:
14 × LCVP
8 × LCM
Capacity: 380,000 ft³ (11.000 m³), 5,275 tons
Complement: 247
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun
• 4 × twin 40 mm guns
• 16 × 20 mm guns

USS Lenoir (AKA-74) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship named after Lenoir County, North Carolina and the distant City of Lenoir, North Carolina, which are both named for the patriot William Lenoir. Like all AKAs, Lenoir was designed to carry military cargo and landing craft, and to use the latter to land weapons, supplies, and Marines on enemy shores during amphibious operations. She served as a commissioned ship for 17 months.

Lenoir was laid down by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, North Carolina, on 7 September 1944; launched under Maritime Commission contract on 6 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John M. Kerr; acquired and commissioned on 14 December 1944, Lt. Comdr. Marcus L. Whitford in command.

Service history[edit]

World War II, 1945[edit]

Lenoir departed Norfolk on 21 January 1945 and arrived Pearl Harbor on 20 February. After touching Eniwetok on 22 to 25 March, she sailed from Ulithi on 13 April for the Okinawa landings, arriving off Hagushi beach on 17 April. Within 72 hours she had discharged her cargo; though coming under air attack, she sustained no battle damage. She then voyaged to Saipan, Guadalcanal, and Guam, and arrived San Francisco on 10 July.

Post-war activities, 1945–1946[edit]

The ship returned to Pearl Harbor on 25 August to embark men of the Army 6th Division for Japan, arriving there on 22 October. She departed on 4 November for Portland, Oregon, arriving the 18th. The ship next sailed from Alameda, California, for Tsingtao, China, and Jinsen, Korea, on a "Magic Carpet" voyage.

Decommissioning and Sale[edit]

She returned to San Francisco on 11 March 1946, sailed on to Norfolk, and was decommissioned there on 13 June 1946. Returned to the Maritime Commission on 14 June 1946, she was sold on 1 October 1947 to Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, and operated out of Tampa, Florida as SS Margaret Lykes. Resold the same year to the Gulf & South American Steamship Company, she was renamed SS Gulf Merchant. After 17 years of service she was sold again (5 November 1964) to Delta Steamship Company and named SS Del Aires. Delta sold her on 28 June 1968 to Columbia Steamship Company who named her SS Columbia Tiger. On 9 September 1970 she was reflagged to the Netherlands and named SS Antillian Tiger. Sometime in 1971, the ship was sold for the last time and broken up for scrap.

Awards[edit]

Lenior received one battle star for World War II service.

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