USS Tarrant (AK-214)

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Career (USA) Union Navy Jack
Name: Tarrant
Namesake: A county in Texas
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 as USS Tarrant (AK-214)
Decommissioned: 21 November 1945
Struck: 5 December 1945
Fate: returned to the War Shipping Administration 5 December 1945 for disposal
General characteristics
Type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,382 tons
Tons burthen: 7,435 tons
Length: 388' 8"
Beam: 50'
Draft: 21' 1"
Propulsion: Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp
Speed: 11.5 knots
Complement: 85 officers and enlisted
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; six 20mm guns

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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