USS Zenobia (AKA-52)

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USS Zenobia
Name: USS Zenobia
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 12 May 1945
Launched: 6 July 1945
Commissioned: 6 August 1945
Decommissioned: 7 May 1946
Struck: 30 November 1946
Fate: Sold to Chile, 9 December 1946
Career (Chile) Chilean Navy Ensign
Name: Presidente Pinto
Acquired: 9 December 1946
Decommissioned: 1962
Fate: Believed scrapped about 1974
General characteristics
Class & type: Artemis-class attack cargo ship
Type: S4–SE2–BE1
Displacement: 4,087 long tons (4,153 t) light
7,080 long tons (7,194 t) full
Length: 426 ft (130 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Speed: 16.9 knots (31.3 km/h; 19.4 mph)
Complement: 303 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount
• 4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
• 10 × 20 mm gun mounts

USS Zenobia (AKA-52) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship named after minor planet 840 Zenobia. Zenobia was also the name of the Queen of Palmyra who reigned from 267 to 272. She served as a commissioned ship for 9 months.

Zenobia (AKA-62) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1913) on 12 May 1945 at Providence, R.I., by the Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc.; launched on 6 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Lillian V. MacDonald; and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 6 August 1945, Lt. Comdr. F. C. Rice in command.

Service history[edit]

Following her shakedown, Zenobia relieved Vermilion as a training ship with the Atlantic Fleet's Operational Training Command on 19 August. She served briefly in that role before she was reassigned to Service Force, Atlantic Fleet (ServLant), on 11 September. She operated with ServLant in 1946.

Although allocated to the Amphibious Force of the Atlantic Fleet on 1 April 1946, Zenobia's days as a United States naval vessel were numbered. She reported to the Commandant, 3rd Naval District, on 7 April and was decommissioned exactly one month later, on 7 May, at Brooklyn, N.Y. Struck from the Navy list on 30 November 1946, Zenobia was transferred at Brooklyn to the government of the Republic of Chile on 9 December 1946.

Renamed Presidente Pinto, the former Navy attack cargo ship served the Chilean Navy as a transport through the late 1960s, including being the yearly supply ship for Easter Island and figuring prominently in scientific expeditions there,[1][2] and ended her active career as a training ship for midshipmen. She was transferred to "harbor duties" in 1968 — probably serving as a floating barracks or accommodation ship — and was replaced as training ship by the four-masted schooner Esmeralda. Presidente Pinto was probably scrapped in about 1974.


  1. ^ Heyerdahl, Thor (1958). Aku-Aku. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fisher, R.L., ed. (June 26, 1958). "Preliminary Report on Expedition DOWNWIND IGY Cruise to the Southeast Pacific". IGY General Report Series. Number 2. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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