USS Lignite (IX-162)

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History
United States
Name: USS Lignite
Builder: Barrett & Hilp, Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 8 December 1943
Launched: 26 February 1944
In service: 26 September 1944
Out of service: 6 August 1946
Struck: 28 August 1946
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Wrecked by a typhoon, 9 October 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: Trefoil-class cargo barge
Displacement: 5,281 long tons (5,366 t)
Length: 366 ft 4 in (111.66 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Draft: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Propulsion: None
Speed: Not self-propelled
Complement: 114 officers and men
Armament:

USS Lignite (IX-162), a Trefoil-class concrete barge designated an unclassified miscellaneous vessel, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for lignite. Her keel was laid down on 8 December 1943 by Barrett & Hilp, Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, California, under a Maritime Commission contract (T. B7-D1-Barge). She was launched on 26 February 1944 sponsored by Miss Catherine Barrett, converted for use as a United States Army and United States Marine Corps stores barge by Barrett & Hilp, acquired by the Navy on 26 September 1944, and placed in service at San Francisco the same day.

Service history[edit]

Assigned to Service Force, Pacific Fleet, Lignite served as a general stores and issue barge at advance bases in the Philippines and Okinawa. She continued this duty throughout the remainder of World War II.

While serving at Okinawa after the war, the barge was grounded at Buckner Bay on 9 October 1945 by Typhoon Louise, one of the most violent storms ever to strike Okinawa. Lignite, was refloated on 16 October, towed to Hong Kong in March 1946, and towed to Subic Bay, Luzon, in May. She was placed out of service at Subic Bay on 6 August and returned to the War Shipping Administration the following day. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 28 August.

Awards[edit]

Lignite received one battle star for World War II service.

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