USS Tarrant (AK-214)

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Career (USA)
Name: Tarrant
Namesake: Tarrant County, Texas
Operator: 1945
18 September 1945-30 September 1945
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2168
Builder: Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Laid down: 4 December 1944
Launched: 25 February 1945
Sponsored by: Miss Agnes Larson
Commissioned: 18 September 1945
Decommissioned: 21 November 1945
Struck: 5 December 1945
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-214
Fate: sold, 15 March 1947, to Brazieiro Patrisonio Nacional
Status: fate unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Displacement: 2,382 t (2,344 long tons) light
7,540 t (7,420 long tons) full load
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draught: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Complement: 79
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 caliber dual purpose gun
6 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Oerlikon cannons anti-aircraft gun mounts

USS Tarrant (AK-214) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was commissioned; however, the war ended and she was returned to the War Shipping Administration in November 1945 for disposal.

Built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin[edit]

Tarrant (AK-214), was laid down under U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2168) on 4 December 1944 by the Leathern D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.; launched on 25 February 1945; sponsored by Miss Agnes Larson; and commissioned on 18 September 1945, Lt. Comdr. Frank E. Simmen, USCGR, in command.

World War II-related service[edit]

Tarrant and her U.S. Coast Guard crew reported to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, on 24 September as available for her shakedown cruise. However, since World War II had ended, she was ordered to report to the Commandant, 8th Naval District for disposal.

Post-war inactivation[edit]

Tarrant reported on 30 September and was decommissioned and returned to the War Shipping Administration on 21 November. Tarrant was struck from the Navy list on 6 December 1945.

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