USS Myers (APD-105)
|Namesake:||Machinist's Mate First Class Merton B. Myers (1921-1943), a U.S. Navy sailor and Navy Cross recipient|
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||15 January 1944|
|Launched:||15 February 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Ralph W. Myers|
|Commissioned:||26 March 1945|
|Decommissioned:||13 January 1947|
|Reclassified:||From destroyer escort (DE-595) to high-speed transport (APD-105) 17 July 1944|
|Struck:||1 June 1960|
|Fate:||Sold to Colombia for use as a floating power station|
|Notes:||Laid down as Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Myers (DE-595)|
|Class & type:||Crosley-class high speed transport|
|Displacement:||2,130 long tons (2,164 t) full|
|Length:||306 ft (93 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)|
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)|
|Armament:||• 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks
Construction and commissioning
Myers was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Myers (DE-595) on 15 January 1944 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., at Hingham, Massachusetts, and was launched on 15 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Ralph W. Myers, the mother of the ship 's namesake, Machinist's Mate First Class Merton B. Myers. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-105 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 26 March 1945 with Lieutenant Donald H. Petterson, USNR, in command.
After shakedown off Cuba, Myers moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she trained officers and men assigned to new high-speed transports. After a period of refresher training in the Caribbean, she proceeded to Newport, Rhode Island, to train prospective crews for new aircraft carriers and cruisers. She operated along the United States East Coast for the rest of her active career.
Decommissioning and disposal
Myers was decommissioned on 13 January 1947 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1960 and subsequently sold to the government of Colombia for use as a floating power plant.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive DE-595 / APD-105 Myers