USS Davenport (PF-69)
USS Davenport (PF 69), commissioning program photo,
|Namesake:||City of Davenport, Iowa|
|Builder:||Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|Launched:||8 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||15 February 1945|
|Decommissioned:||4 February 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 6 June 1946|
|Class and type:||Tacoma-class frigate|
|Displacement:||1,264 long tons (1,284 t)|
|Length:||303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
Davenport (PF-69), originally classified as PG-177, was launched on 8 December 1943 by Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract, sponsored by Mrs. E. Frick; transferred to the Navy on 1 June 1944 and placed in service the same day; placed out of service for additional work a week later; and commissioned in full on 15 February 1945, with Commander H. F. Stolfi, USCG, in command of a crew of 215 USCG officers and enlisted men.
Departing Norfolk, Virginia, on 17 April 1945, Davenport joined Pert (PG-95) and Action (PG-86) for an anti-submarine patrol off Casco Bay. She returned to New York on 24 April, and three days later got underway to escort a convoy to Mers El Kébir, Algeria, returning to Norfolk on 7 June. Two days later she entered the Navy Yard at Charleston, South Carolina, for conversion to a weather ship. This involved removing the number three 3-inch (76 mm) gun and installing in its place a hangar used to house meteorological equipment and to inflate and launch weather balloons.
Davenport stood out from Charleston on 26 June 1945, and on 1 July took station off NS Argentia, Newfoundland to report meteorological data. She remained on this duty until 21 October aside from the period 6 August to 21 during which she towed SC-705 to Reykjavík, Iceland. Arriving at Boston Navy Yard 25 October, Davenport remained there until decommissioned on 4 February 1946. She was sold 6 June 1946.
- Photo gallery of USS Davenport at NavSource Naval History
- hazegray.org: USS Davenport
- grobbel.org: USS Davenport (PF-69) - WW II Patrol Frigate