USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528)
|Name:||USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528)|
|Ordered:||1945, as LSM-528|
|Builder:||Brown Shipbuilding Company|
|Laid down:||19 May 1945|
|Launched:||16 June 1945|
|Commissioned:||2 September 1945|
|Renamed:||St. Mary's River, 1 October 1958|
|Reclassified:||LSM(R)-528, 21 April 1945|
|Struck:||1 October 1958|
|Class and type:||LSM(R)-501-class landing ship medium|
|Length:||203 ft 3 in (61.95 m)|
|Beam:||34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 General Motors non-reversing with airflex clutch Cleveland diesels, 1,440 hp (1,074 kW) each at 720 rpm, 2 screws|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)|
|Range:||3,000 nmi (5,600 km) at 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)|
|Complement:||6 officers, 137 enlisted|
USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528) was originally authorized as LSM-528. Reclassified LSM(R)-528 on 21 April 1945, she was laid down on 19 May 1945 at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Texas, launched on 16 June 1945, and commissioned on 2 September 1945, Lieutenant Norman E. Wallin, USNR, in command.
On 6 September, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Galveston, Texas, arriving the next day. She sailed for Charleston, South Carolina, on 12 September. However, after two days at sea, she ran into a storm and was diverted to Naval Frontier Base, Burrwood, Louisiana. After the storm, LSM(R)-528 resumed her voyage and arrived at Charleston on 21 September. While there, the ship had her rocket launchers and mortars installed.
Departing Charleston on 12 October, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Little Creek, VA, arriving on 14 October. After leave and upkeep, she began shakedown training on 15 October. Completing shakedown training on 15 November, she reported a week later to Commander LSM(R) Squadrons, Little Creek. On 29 November, she sailed for Green Cove Springs, FL, with orders to report for inactivation. LSM(R)-528 was decommissioned in March 1946. Named St. Mary's River on 1 October 1958 for the St. Marys River in northeast Indiana, she was struck from the Navy List on the same day. She was sold on 4 August 1959 to Fleet Storage Corp. Her name disappeared from mercantile list in 1989.