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USAT Taku, sister to USS Midway (AG-41)
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Class:        MIDWAY (AG-41)
Design:        Cargo, 1920
Displacement (tons):        1,622 light, 2,250 lim.
Dimensions (feet):        238.7' oa x 33.7' x 16.75' lim.
Original Armament:        1-3"/23 (1942)
Later armaments:        --
Complement:        --
Speed (kts.):        11.5
Propulsion (HP):        1,400
Machinery:        Vertical triple expansion, 1 screw

Construction:
AG Name Acq. Builder Keel Launch Commiss.
41 MIDWAY 10 Apr 42 Todd SYs, N.Y. (Tebo) -- 6 Nov 20 10 Apr 42

Disposition:
AG Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
41 MIDWAY 24 May 46 19 Jun 46 24 May 46 RTO 24 May 46

Class Notes:
FY 1942. In 1920 and 1921 the Todd Shipyards Corp. built two small banana carriers, ORMES and ORITANI, at its Tebo Yacht Basin in Brooklyn for the Donald Steamship Co., which leased ships to fruit companies. These ships were smaller than the World War I Laker type cargo ships and were not part of the EFC's World War I building program. The Tebo yard, which had built a few minesweepers in World War I, engaged almost exclusively in repair work after 1921 and ceased operations in around 1933. After several changes of owners the two sisters were purchased by the Alaska Transportation Co. in 1939, refitted as small general cargo carriers with accommodations for 12 passengers at Todd's yard at Harbor Island, Seattle, and renamed TAKU and TYEE respectively. TAKU (ID-4994) served under that name in the Army in WWII.

TYEE was taken over by the Navy under time charter on 27 or 29 Dec 41 and operated with a civilian crew. On 11 Apr 42 the Auxiliary Vessels Board recommended acquiring under bareboat charter a group of five miscellaneous merchant ships including this one and manning them with Navy crews. The other ships in the group were AK-57, AO-47, and AOG 12-13. The Board did not consider it necessary to undertake any conversion work other than essential defense features. For AG-41 this recommendation ratified activity already in progress--the ship had been commissioned and renamed a day earlier and completed a "temporary" conversion at a private shipyard at Honolulu on 20 Apr 42 during which her crew's facilities were rearranged to accommodate 120 troops. She served during the war as an interisland cargo ship, primarily in Alaska.

Ship Notes:
AG Name Notes
41 MIDWAY Ex merc. TYEE, originally ORITANI (completed Feb 21). Renamed USS PANAY 3 Apr 43. Redelivered by MC to owner, Alaska Transportation Co., 1946, sold as merc. LLOYD QUINTO 1946. Scrapped 1961 as LEBLON.

Page Notes:
AG        1942
Compiled:        07 Sep 2009
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