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USS Ontonagon (AOG-36) on 5 November 1944
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Class:        SAKATONCHEE (AOG-19)
Design        MC T1-M-A2
Displacement (tons):        769 light, 2,270 lim.
Dimensions (feet):        220.5' oa, 212.5' wl x 37.0' e x 13.1 lim.
Original Armament:        1-3"/50 6-20mm (1943-4: AOG 19-22, 24, 36)
Later armaments:        1-3"/50 1-40mmS 6-20mm (1944: AOG 24-26); 1-3"/50 2-40mmS 3-20mm (1944-45: AOG 21-46, 60-63)
Complement        60 (1944)
Speed (kts.):        10
Propulsion (HP):        800
Machinery:        1 screw, Fairbanks-Morse diesel (National Supply Corp. diesel in AOG 21-22, 45-46, and 60-61)

Construction:
AOG Name Acq. Builder Keel Launch Commiss.
19 SAKATONCHEE 15 Jan 44 East Coast SYs 13 Aug 42 22 May 43 17 Jan 44
20 SEEKONK 10 Feb 44 East Coast SYs 13 Aug 42 24 May 43 10 Feb 44
21 SEQUATCHIE 5 Aug 44 Todd Galveston DDs 1 Jun 43 21 Dec 43 2 Sep 44
22 WAUTAUGA 7 Sep 44 Todd Galveston DDs 14 Jun 43 10 Jan 44 28 Sep 44
23 AMMONUSUC 18 May 44 East Coast SYs 23 Nov 43 25 Mar 44 19 May 44
24 SHEEPSCOT 13 Jun 44 East Coast SYs 15 Dec 43 9 Apr 44 27 Jun 44
25 CALAMUS 11 Jul 44 East Coast SYs 14 Mar 44 4 May 44 17 Jul 44
26 CHIWAUKUM 22 Jul 44 East Coast SYs 2 Apr 44 4 May 44 25 Jul 44
27 ESCATAWPA 12 Aug 44 East Coast SYs 17 Apr 44 3 Jun 44 18 Aug 44
28 GUALALA 19 Aug 44 East Coast SYs 24 Apr 44 3 Jun 44 25 Aug 44
29 HIWASSEE 17 Oct 44 East Coast SYs 3 Jul 44 30 Aug 44 24 Oct 44
30 KALAMAZOO 7 Oct 44 East Coast SYs 7 Jul 44 30 Aug 44 14 Oct 44
31 KANAWHA 13 Nov 44 East Coast SYs 30 Aug 44 18 Oct 44 23 Nov 44
32 NARRAGUAGAS 20 Nov 44 East Coast SYs 30 Aug 44 15 Oct 44 2 Dec 44
33 OCHLOCKONEE 18 Dec 44 East Coast SYs 18 Oct 44 19 Nov 44 29 Dec 44
34 OCONEE 23 Dec 44 East Coast SYs 18 Oct 44 19 Nov 44 12 Jan 45
35 OGEECHEE 31 Aug 44 East Coast SYs 7 May 44 30 Jun 44 6 Sep 44
36 ONTONAGON 13 Sep 44 East Coast SYs 10 May 44 30 Jun 44 21 Sep 44
37 YAHARA 22 Sep 44 East Coast SYs 6 Jun 44 30 Jul 44 29 Sep 44
38 PONCHATOULA 30 Sep 44 East Coast SYs 7 Jun 44 30 Jul 44 6 Oct 44
39 QUASTINET 28 Oct 44 East Coast SYs 2 Aug 44 24 Sep 44 6 Nov 44
40 SACANDAGA 31 Oct 44 East Coast SYs 4 Aug 44 24 Sep 44 9 Nov 44
41 TETONKAHA 28 Nov 44 East Coast SYs 27 Sep 44 29 Oct 44 8 Dec 44
42 TOWALIGA 6 Dec 44 East Coast SYs 29 Sep 44 29 Oct 44 14 Dec 44
43 TULAROSA 4 Jan 45 East Coast SYs 31 Oct 44 17 Dec 44 10 Jan 45
44 WAKULLA 15 Jan 45 East Coast SYs 31 Oct 44 17 Dec 44 3 Feb 45
45 YACONA 7 Feb 45 East Coast SYs 23 Nov 44 14 Jan 45 16 Feb 45
46 WAUPACA 29 Jan 45 East Coast SYs 23 Nov 44 4 Jan 45 9 Feb 45
60 MANOKIN 3 Oct 44 Todd Galveston DDs 28 Jun 43 25 Jan 44 27 Oct 44
61 SAKONNET 31 Oct 44 Todd Galveston DDs 1 May 43 1 Dec 43 20 Nov 44
62 CONEMAUGH 9 Mar 45 East Coast SYs 19 Dec 44 17 Feb 45 21 Mar 45
63 KLASKANINE 26 Feb 45 East Coast SYs 21 Dec 44 3 Feb 45 8 Mar 45

Disposition:
AOG Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
19 SAKATONCHEE 29 Mar 46 1 May 46 1 Jul 46 MC 7 Jan 64
20 SEEKONK 1 May 46 21 May 46 28 Aug 46 MC 10 Dec 48
21 SEQUATCHIE 26 Jun 46 15 Aug 46 7 Oct 46 MC 18 Feb 48
22 WAUTAUGA 26 Apr 47 13 Jul 48 14 Jun 48 Trf. --
23 AMMONUSUC 4 Jun 46 23 Apr 47 9 Mar 48 MC 19 Feb 48
24 SHEEPSCOT -- 1 Nov 45 5 Jun 45 Lost --
25 CALAMUS 15 May 46 25 Sep 46 4 Sep 46 MC 7 Feb 64
26 CHIWAUKUM 31 May 46 23 Apr 47 10 May 48 Trf. --
27 ESCATAWPA 20 Mar 46 17 Apr 46 1 Jul 46 MC 14 Apr 47
28 GUALALA 29 Mar 46 1 May 46 10 Sep 46 MC 9 Feb 48
29 HIWASSEE 8 Feb 46 12 Mar 46 13 Oct 47 FLC --
30 KALAMAZOO 18 May 46 23 Apr 47 26 Nov 47 MC 26 Nov 47
31 KANAWHA 23 Mar 46 17 Apr 46 4 Sep 46 MC 7 Feb 64
32 NARRAGUAGAS 5 Mar 46 12 Apr 46 29 Jun 46 MC 5 Jun 47
33 OCHLOCKONEE 14 Jan 46 7 Feb 46 29 Jun 46 MC 26 Oct 48
34 OCONEE 28 Mar 46 1 May 46 1 Jul 46 MC 14 Apr 47
35 OGEECHEE 18 Feb 46 12 Mar 46 1 Jul 46 MC 7 Feb 64
36 ONTONAGON 1956 13 Nov 57 13 Nov 57 MA 7 Jan 64
37 YAHARA 21 May 46 19 Jul 46 5 Nov 46 MC 18 Nov 46
38 PONCHATOULA 24 Apr 46 21 May 46 9 Sep 46 MC 21 Apr 48
39 QUASTINET 16 Apr 46 21 May 46 9 Sep 46 MC 15 Aug 47
40 SACANDAGA 23 Nov 45 5 Dec 45 25 Jan 46 Dest. --
41 TETONKAHA 22 Jan 46 12 Mar 46 1 Jul 46 MC 21 Apr 48
42 TOWALIGA 10 May 47 12 Mar 48 10 May 47 Trf. --
43 TULAROSA 23 Apr 46 21 May 46 28 Aug 46 MC 7 Jan 64
44 WAKULLA 13 Jun 46 19 Jul 46 14 Nov 46 MC 14 Nov 46
45 YACONA 20 Dec 45 8 Jan 46 25 Jul 46 MC 10 Mar 47
46 WAUPACA 26 Mar 46 1 May 46 1 Jul 46 MC 15 Nov 46
60 MANOKIN 27 Mar 46 1 May 46 10 Sep 46 MC 8 Nov 46
61 SAKONNET 26 Oct 45 13 Nov 45 1 Jul 46 MC 19 Sep 51
62 CONEMAUGH 29 Mar 46 17 Apr 46 29 Mar 46 MC 7 Jan 64
63 KLASKANINE 25 Mar 46 12 Apr 46 25 Mar 46 MC 4 Mar 48

Class Notes:
FY 1943 (AOG 19-22), 1944 (others). In 1941 the Maritime Commission developed a design for a small tanker for light petroleum products in response to a British request for assistance under the Lend-Lease program, and in November 1941 it ordered the first 16 vessels of this type, which it designated T1-M-A1. Orders for a second batch of 16 ships followed in March and May 1942. 26 of these 32 ships were completed to the T1-M-A1 design, and all of the A1's except for the two transferred to the Navy as AOG 17-18 were loaned to Britain under Lend-Lease as originally intended.

In a 4 Nov 42 letter to the Munitions Allocations Board CominCh stated that planned operations in the South Pacific and Southwest Pacific urgently required a number of small tankers which were not obtainable from normal sources and asked that six of the new T1-M-A1 type be allocated to the United States instead of to the UK for whom they were being built under Lend-Lease. This letter was also provided to the Auxiliary Vessels Board, which on 7 Nov 42 concurred that six of these vessels were essential at this time and recommended that they be acquired, converted to provide for Navy crews, and fitted to permit the transportation or storage of both gasoline and diesel oil. These six ships became AOG 17-22, of which the first four were built at Bayonne, N.J., by the East Coast Shipyards (originally the Marine Maintenance Corp.) and the last two came from Galveston, Texas. The first two ships from East Coast were completed to the T1-M-A1 design (see the AOG-17 class), while the later two (AOG 19-20) were transferred to the MC Military Program on 9 Apr 43 for completion to the T1-M-A2 design, which included features desired by the Navy. The Galveston ships (AOG 21-22, along with two acquired later as AOG 60-61) were part of an order for 8 ships (MC hulls 785-792), the first four of which were completed as T1-M-A1's and loaned to the British. These eight ships were ordered from Gray's Iron Works, Inc., Galveston, on 19 Mar 42 and re-awarded to the same yard under its new name, Todd Galveston Drydocks, Inc., on 21 Jun 43. MC hulls 789-90 (AOG-61 and 21) were transferred to the MC Military Program on 11 Jan 44 soon after launching and MC hulls 791-92 (AOG-22 and 60) were transferred on 2 Nov 43 before launching, all becoming T1-M-A2's.

In December 1942 the MC ordered 24 more ships to the T1-M-A1 design, twelve (MC hulls 1520-31) from the East Coast Shipyards, in Bayonne, and twelve (MC hulls 1532-43) from Gray's Iron Works in Galveston. On 24 May 43 the Auxiliary Vessels Board reported that these orders had been placed "because of the urgent need for tankers and with the approval of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," and recommended that they be acquired by purchase to meet the Navy's urgent needs, that they be manned by Navy crews, and that a minimum conversion to accommodate the crews be undertaken. A few days before this action, on 18 May 43, the MC cancelled the contract with Gray's Iron Works for hulls 1532-43. In compensation it added six more hulls (1798-1803) to the East Coast contract on 19 May 43 and another six (2067-72) in May or June 1943. On 17 Aug 43 it transferred all 24 ships in this contract to the MC Military Program for completion to the T1-M-A2 design.

On 7 Sep 43 the Auxiliary Vessels Board noted that two tankers similar to AOG 17-22 that were under construction by Todd-Galveston Dry Dock, Inc. (formerly Gray's Iron Works) were understood to be available for Navy acquisition with estimated deliveries in January 1944. In view of the increasing need for such vessels the Board recommended acquiring them, converting them to provide for Navy crews and to carry both gasoline and diesel oil. These, already referred to above, became AOG 60-61. On 3 Jul 44 the Board recommended acquiring two more East Coast ships (AOG 62-3) as part of a program for 54 ships to be built by the MC for delivery in the first half of 1945 as naval auxiliaries. The MC ordered these two ships from East Coast on 26 Jul 44 under its Military Program for prospective delivery in January/February 1945.

The East Coast ships were delivered to the Navy 100% complete by their builder and the MC. The Navy then took them to repair yards in the New York area (Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn, for AOG-35, 37, 41, 44, and 46, and possibly all the rest) for further conversion and outfitting. The time between commissioning and reporting for shakedown varied from over two months for some early ships to under two weeks for others. The MC transferred the four Galveston hulls to Houston SB Corp., Houston, Texas, for completion. The Navy probably had them fitted out by the Brown SB Corp. at Houston, which took the completion and camouflage photographs for these ships.

As part of the rapid postwar demobilization of this class, SecNav on 13 Dec 45 authorized CinCPac to decommission and transfer AOG-36 to the Army. The ship was transferred to the Commanding General, Army Forces, Western Pacific, probably at Manila, and the Army designated her Y-130. The Army still had her in 1950, and on 6 Jun 50 Commander MSTS stated that Y-130 would be classified T-AOG-36 upon transfer to the Navy on or about 1 Jul 50 and would be assigned to MSTS in "Active Status, In Service." A letter of 7 Jun 50 from Op-333 reinstated her on the List of Naval Vessels, and the Navy formally received the ship from the Army on 1 Jul 50..

Ship Notes:
AOG Name MC Notes
19 SAKATONCHEE 901 Ex YOG-49 25 Mar 43, ex merc. SOLDIER CREEK. Laid up as SAKATONCHEE 1946. No bids when offered ca. 1947. To buyer 23 Jan 64, scrapped by 3 Mar 65.
20 SEEKONK 902 Ex YOG-50 25 Mar 43, ex merc. SUMMIT SPRINGS (completed 9 Feb 44). Laid up as SEEKONK 1946. Merc. SEEKONK (Canadian) 1948. Beached after explosion and fire at Charlettetown, Prince Edward Island, 7 Jun 63, cut down to barge or scrapped.
21 SEQUATCHIE 790 Ex YOG-51 25 Mar 43, ex merc. ROYSTON. Transferred by MC to Houston SB Corp., Houston, Texas, for completion. Merc. ROYSTON (MC) 1946, OTCO BAYWAY 1948 (lengthened), stripped and scuttled 1975 as METRO LANDRY No. 1.
22 WAUTAUGA 791 Ex YOG-52 25 Mar 43, ex merc. CONROE. Transferred by MC to Houston SB Corp., Houston, Texas, for completion (completed 26 Sep 44). Designated 27 Jun 46 for transfer to China, repaired at Pearl Harbor Jul-Nov 46, decomm. at Subic Bay 1947, to China 1948 at Subic as YU CHUAN. Stricken after running aground 1959, scrapped 1964.
23 AMMONUSUC 1520 In deferred disposal status 1946-47 for possible transfer to a South American country and, after strike, to Turkey. Merc. PROVIDENCE 1948 (lengthened 1952). Damaged by explosion and fire 30 Dec 69 at South Portland, Maine, as DEAN REINAUER and cut down to barge.
24 SHEEPSCOT 1521 Ex USS ANDROSCOGGIN 4 Nov 43. Wrecked in hurricane at Iwo Jima, wreck reported dispersed and listed as destroyed 20 Oct 45.
25 CALAMUS 1522 Declared surplus by MC 16 Oct 47, advertised twice, no bids. To buyer 2 Mar 64, scrapped by 29 Jun 64.
26 CHIWAUKUM 1523 To Turkish Navy 1948 as AKPINAR. Stricken 1986.
27 ESCATAWPA 1524 Merc. ESSO PORTO ALEGRE (Brazilian) 1947. Wrecked 28 Sep 70 as GRAVATAI near Campo Bom, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
28 GUALALA 1525 Bought by Brazilian Aeronautical Commission, Washington, DC, 1948 and to Navy as RIJO. Deleted 1970.
29 HIWASSEE 1526 To Army 20 Feb 46 at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, returned 25 Mar 47 and sold at Subic Bay by FLC. Merc. TONG SHUI (Philippine firm, Panamanian registry) 1947. Wrecked on Pratas Reef 2 Oct 53, refloated 9 Oct 53 and laid up, hulked at Manila 1956.
30 KALAMAZOO 1527 In deferred disposal status 1946-47. Bought by Columbian Government 1947 and to Navy as BLAS DE LEZO. Lengthened to 250' oa by Avondale Marine Corp., Inc., Harvey, La. Decomm. Jan. 1965.
31 KANAWHA 1528 Advertised by MC three times ca. 1947, no bids. (Had been blown on reef at Okinawa during typhoon 9 Oct 45 but remained afloat and water tight.) To buyer 2 Mar 64, scrapped by 8 May 64.
32 NARRAGUAGAS 1529 Merc. ESSO MARACAIBO (Venezuelan) 1947. Scrapped 1970 as SARITA.
33 OCHLOCKONEE 1530 Merc. TYCOL 1948 (lengthened). Scuttled off New Jersey 2002 as VINCENT TIBBETTS.
34 OCONEE 1531 Merc. ESSO RIO GRANDE (Brazilian) 1947. Scrapped 2003 as PIRATINI.
35 OGEECHEE 1798 No bids when offered ca. 1947. To buyer 2 Mar 64, scrapped by 3 Dec 64.
36 ONTONAGON 1799 Decomm. and to Army as Y-130 27 Feb 46, stk. 12 Mar 46. Reinstated on list as ONTONAGON (T-AOG-36) 7 Jun 50, from Army to MSTS 1 Jul 50. To MA 14 Dec 54, stk. 22 Jun 55. From MA and reinstated on list 26 Apr 56. To NDRF 25 Sep 56 (MSTS Ready Reserve), from NDRF 16 Oct 57 for stripping and preparation for layup. To buyer 22 Jan 64, scrapped by 4 Nov 65.
37 YAHARA 1800 Name PALOMAS proposed but IX-91 already had it. Merc. EL CARIBE 1947. Scrapped 1974 as AGHIA TRIAS.
38 PONCHATOULA 1801 Merc. MYSTIC SUN 1948, reported converted to barge 14 May 69, scrapped 1981.
39 QUASTINET 1802 Merc. SEAGULL 1947, BRUCH 1950. lengthened 1959, scrapped 1976.
40 SACANDAGA 1803 Beached by typhoon at Okinawa 9 Oct 45 and damaged beyond economical repair, hulk destroyed by blowing up 25 Jan 46.
41 TETONKAHA 2067 Merc. MAUMEE SUN 1948. Damaged in collision 23 Nov 65 near the western entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Sold for scrap 1969, scrapped 1972 at Baltimore.
42 TOWALIGA 2068 To China under Lend-Lease 10 May 47 as TAI HWA, returned from Lend-Lease and transferred to China 7 Feb 48. Renamed HSING KAO 1955, final fate unknown.
43 TULAROSA 2069 Completed 31 Dec 44. No bids when offered ca. 1947. To buyer 23 Jan 64, scrapped by 12 Jan 65.
44 WAKULLA 2070 Merc. MEI AN 1946, STANVAC OGAN 1948. Lengthened 1961, scrapped 1980 as MOBILE SERVICE.
45 YACONA 2071 Spent entire Navy career as a training ship at Miami, Fla. Merc. YACONA (Gulf Oil Corp.) 1947, to Colombian owner as YACONA 1974. Deleted 1992 (possibly scrapped at Mamonal, Colombia, after 1984).
46 WAUPACA 2072 Merc. MEI SHAN 1947, STANVAC No. 312 1948. Last listed as LEAP DAL (renamed 1975), possibly scrapped at Jurong 20 Nov 77.
60 MANOKIN 792 Ex merc. RODESSA. Transferred by MC to Houston SB Corp., Houston, Texas, for completion. Merc. MEI PING 1946, STANVAC SELO 1948, SEA HORSE 1963 (lengthened), deleted 1988.
61 SAKONNET 789 Ex merc. OLD OCEAN. Transferred by MC to Houston SB Corp., Houston, Texas, for completion. Merc. OLD OCEAN (MC) 1946. No bids when offered ca. 1947. Sank at San Francisco June 1947 while laid up, raised. Sold as SAKONNET, to buyer 3 Oct 51, scrapped by 16 Feb 53.
62 CONEMAUGH 2656 To buyer 22 Jan 64, scrapped by 9 Feb 66.
63 KLASKANINE 2657 Bought by Brazilian Aeronautical Commission, Washington, DC, 1948 and to Navy as RAZA. Merc. ITAJAI 1970, last listed 1996.

Page Notes:
AOG        1943
Compiled:        14 Aug 2010
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2002-2010