USS Tarrant (AK-214)

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History
United States
Name: Tarrant
Namesake: Tarrant County, Texas
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2168[1]
Builder: Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Yard number: 334[1]
Laid down: 4 December 1944
Launched: 25 February 1945
Sponsored by: Miss Agnes Larson
Commissioned: 18 September 1945
Decommissioned: 21 November 1945
Struck: 5 December 1945
Identification:
Fate: sold, 15 March 1947, to Brazieiro Patrisonio Nacional
Status: scrapped 1969
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
Displacement:
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 × propeller
Speed: 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Capacity:
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
Complement:
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted
Armament:

USS Tarrant (AK-214) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was commissioned; however, the war ended and she was returned to the War Shipping Administration in November 1945 for disposal.

Construction[edit]

Tarrant was laid down under US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2168, on 4 December 1944, by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; launched on 25 February 1945; sponsored by Miss Agnes Larson; and commissioned on 18 September 1945, Lieutenant Commander Frank E. Simmen, USCGR, in command.

World War II-related service[edit]

Tarrant and her U.S. Coast Guard crew reported to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, on 24 September as available for her shakedown cruise. However, since World War II had ended, she was ordered to report to the Commandant, 8th Naval District for disposal.[3]

Service history[edit]

Tarrant and her Coast Guard crew reported to the Commander in Chief, US Atlantic Fleet, on 24 September as available for her shakedown cruise. However, since World War II had ended, she was ordered to report to the Commandant, 8th Naval District for disposal.[3]

Tarrant reported on 30 September and was decommissioned and returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) on 21 November. Tarrant was struck from the Navy list on 6 December 1945.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

She was sold to Brazieiro Patrisonio Nacional, 15 March 1947.[2] She was later scrapped in 1969.[1]

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External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Tarrant (AK-214) at NavSource Naval History