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|
|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, 12 August 1944|
|Struck:||31 July 1946|
|2 × battle stars|
|Fate:||sold, 2 February 1948|
|Status:||removed, 3 March 1948|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Crater-class cargo ship|
|Length:||441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)|
|Speed:||12.5 kn (14.4 mph; 23.2 km/h)|
USS Etamin (AK-93) was the Liberty ship (EC2) Isaac Babbitt constructed for the US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) in 1943 for World War II service at a cost of $1,728,590. After acquisition by the US Navy, the ship was named Etamin, after the brightest star in the constellation Draco and manned by a US Coast Guard crew. 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 was launched 25 April 1943, as Isaac Babbitt, MCE hull 1106, by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 2, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract; acquired by the Navy 8 May 1943; and commissioned 25 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander George Washington Stedman, Jr., USCGR, in command.
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,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
Returned to the MARCOM for disposal, the ship was laid up at Subic Bay, Philippines, 9 July 1946. She was one of fifteen vessels sold for scrap to Asia Development Corporation, Shanghai, for a total of $271,000.  She was sold 29 January 1948, and delivered 3 March 1948.
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