USS Araner (IX-226)

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History
United States
Name:
  • Juan de Fuca
  • Araner
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding
Laid down: 15 November 1942
Launched: 27 December 1942
Acquired: 23 September 1945
In service: 23 September 1945
Out of service: 22 August 1946
Struck: 29 October 1948
Fate: Sold for scrap 29 January 1948
General characteristics
Displacement: 14,269 tons
Length: 422 ft 8 in (128.83 m)
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)
Draft: 27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
Complement: 110

The USS Araner (IX-226) was laid down as the liberty ship Juan de Fuca under a Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1747) on 15 November 1942 at Vancouver, Washington, by the Oregon Shipbuilding Company[note 1] and launched on 27 December 1942. The ship was delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) on 11 January 1943 and immediately placed under a standard WSA operating agreement with Weyerhauser Steamship Company.[1][2]

While during service in the Atlantic and Mediterranean she came under fire at least once, on 4 October 1943, and was credited with downing two attacking aircraft and assisting in driving off the remaining planes.[3] During the Mindoro Campaign she was torpedoed and damaged by a Japanese aircraft, without casualties, in the West Philippine Sea 20 miles off Mindoro, Philippines. She was beached on Ambulong Island. She was refloated and towed to Subic Bay.[2] On 30 December 1944 the ship was declared a total constructive loss.[1] Later repaired the ship entered United States Navy service under bareboat charter from WSA as USS Araner (IX-226) on 23 September 1945 and placed in service that same day with Lieutenant Henry Morath in charge.[1][2]

Araner appears to have contributed very little service to the United States Navy. She was inspected by an inspection and survey board at Leyte during October, the month following the beginning of her naval service. In January 1946, probably as a result of that inspection, she received orders to be towed to Subic Bay where all her naval gear was stripped pending her deactivation. On 22 August 1946, she was placed out of service at Subic Bay and simultaneously turned over to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration for disposal. That organization finally sold her along with fourteen other vessels to the Asia Development Corporation, Shanghai on 29 January 1948 for scrapping.[1] Her name was struck from the Navy list on 29 October 1948.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ A joint venture of Todd and Kaiser shipbuilding companies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Maritime Administration. "Juan de Fuca". Ship History Database Vessel Status Card. U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Naval History And Heritage Command. "Araner II (IX-226)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History And Heritage Command. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ From personnel records retrieved from the National Personnel Records Center, 12 August 2011.

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