USS Etamin (AK-93)
USS Etamin (AK-93), broadside view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
|Ordered:||as a type (EC2-S-C1) hull, MCE hull 1106, SS Isaac Babbitt|
|Builder:||Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California|
|Laid down:||28 March 1943|
|Launched:||25 April 1943|
|Acquired:||8 May 1943|
|Commissioned:||25 May 1943|
|Decommissioned:||26 June 1944|
|In service:||12 August 1944|
|Out of service:||9 July 1946|
|Reclassified:||non-self propelled storage hulk Etamin (IX-173), 12 August 1944|
|Struck:||31 July 1946|
|Fate:||sold, 2 February 1948, to Asia Development Corp., Shanghai Republic of China for scrapping, removed 3 March 1948|
|Notes:||U.S. Official Number: 243378|
|Class and type:||Crater-class cargo ship|
|Displacement:||4,023 t.(lt), 14,550 t.(fl)|
|Beam:||56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)|
|Propulsion:||reciprocating steam engine, single shaft, 1,950shp|
USS Etamin (AK-93) was the Liberty ship (EC2) Isaac Babbitt constructed for the United States Maritime Commission (USMC) in 1943 for World War II service at a cost of $1,728,590. After acquisition by the United States Navy, the ship was named Etamin, after the brightest star in the constellation Draco. As a Crater-class cargo ship, she served the military in the Pacific Ocean by providing food and material until she was torpedoed and put out of service. After repairs, she served as a non-self-propelled floating warehouse for the rest of the war. The ship ended the war in the Philippines and was among fifteen hulls sold for scrap for a lump sum of $271,000.
Etamin (AK-93), built as Isaac Babbitt, was acquired by the Navy on 8 May 1943, and commissioned with a U.S. Coast Guard crew on 25 May of that year, Lieutenant Commander G. W. Stedman, Jr., USCGR, in command. She was assigned to the Naval Transportation Service, 12th Naval District with operational control given to Commander, 7th Fleet Service Force.
The ship was one of five Navy manned Liberties assigned 8 December 1943 to the Southwest Pacific Area for service to meet Army requirements. She was active in the southwest Pacific Ocean issuing stores to the fleet and making minor repairs.
On 27 April 1944 USS Etamin was disabled by a torpedo hit in Milne Bay and towed to Cairns, Australia, where she decommissioned on 26 June 1944. The ship, no longer self-propelled because of the torpedo damage, was designated as an unclassified miscellaneous auxiliary (IX) and placed in service as Etamin (IX-173) on 12 August 1944 continuing to issue stores to the fleet while under tow. She was placed out of service on 9 July 1946 and stricken from the Navy List on 31 July.
Sale and scrapping
- Measurement differences due to differing measurement basis. Navy tends to use length over all, others may be between perpendiculars of water line length.
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