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USS Alpine (APA-92) on 5 July 1945.
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Class:        BAYFIELD (APA-33), Part 1
Design:        MC C3-S-A2
Displacement (tons):        7,845 light, 16,100 lim.
Dimensions (feet):        492.0' oa, 465.0' pp x 69.5' e x 26.5' lim.
Original Armament:        2-5"/38 2-1.1"Q 18-20mm (1943-44: APA 33-45, 48)
Later armaments:        2-5"/38 2-1.1"Q 17<20-20mm (1944-45: APA-35, 42); 2-5"/38 2-1.1"Q 6-20mmT 12-20mm (1945-46: APA-48);
2-5"/38 2-40mmT 18-20mm (APA 46-47, 92-93, 106-116);
2-5"/38 4-40mmT 18>14-20mm (1945-46: APA-35, 41, 43); 2-5"/38 4-40mmT 12-20mmT (1945-46: APA 39-40, 42, 92, 108, 113); 2-5"/38 4-40mmT 4-20mmT 10-20mm (1945-46: APA-34, 46)
Complement:        520 (1944)
Speed (kts.):        18.4
Propulsion (HP):        8,500
Machinery:        G.E. turbine, 1 screw

Construction:
APA Name Acq. Builder Keel Launch Commiss.
34 BOLIVAR 15 Mar 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 13 May 42 7 Sep 42 1 Sep 43
35 CALLAWAY 24 Apr 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 10 Jun 42 10 Oct 42 11 Sep 43
39 CLAY 29 Jun 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 14 Oct 42 23 Jan 43 21 Dec 43
40 CUSTER 23 Jan 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 19 Feb 42 6 Nov 42 18 Jul 43
41 DU PAGE 28 Feb 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 20 Mar 42 19 Dec 42 1 Sep 43
42 ELMORE 30 Mar 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 19 Jun 42 29 Jan 43 25 Aug 43
43 FAYETTE 30 Apr 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 1 Oct 42 25 Feb 43 14 Oct 43
46 KNOX 30 Sep 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 4 Mar 43 17 Jul 43 4 Mar 44
47 LAMAR 9 Nov 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 31 Mar 43 28 Aug 43 6 Apr 44
48 LEON 11 Sep 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 6 Feb 43 19 Jun 43 12 Feb 44
92 ALPINE 30 Sep 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 12 Apr 43 10 Jul 43 22 Apr 44
93 BARNSTABLE 30 Oct 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 6 May 43 5 Aug 43 22 May 44
106 HANSFORD 12 Oct 44 Western Pipe, San Fran. 10 Dec 43 25 Apr 44 12 Oct 44
107 GOODHUE 11 Nov 44 Western Pipe, San Fran. 7 Jan 44 31 May 44 11 Nov 44
108 GOSHEN 13 Dec 44 Western Pipe, San Fran. 31 Jan 44 29 Jun 44 13 Dec 44
109 GRAFTON 5 Jan 45 Western Pipe, San Fran. 3 Mar 44 10 Aug 44 5 Jan 45
110 GRIGGS 13 Dec 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 1 Dec 43 26 May 44 14 Dec 44
111 GRUNDY 31 Dec 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 22 Dec 43 16 Jun 44 3 Jan 45
112 GUILFORD 14 May 45 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 19 Jan 44 14 Jul 44 14 May 45
113 SITKA 12 Mar 45 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 2 Feb 44 23 Jun 44 14 Mar 45
114 HAMBLEN 9 Jun 45 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 16 Feb 44 30 Jul 44 12 Jun 45
115 HAMPTON 17 Feb 45 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 4 Mar 44 25 Aug 44 17 Feb 45
116 HANOVER 31 Mar 45 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 15 Mar 44 18 Aug 44 31 Mar 45

Disposition:
APA Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
34 BOLIVAR 29 Apr 46 19 Jul 46 12 Sep 46 MC/D 23 Oct 48
35 CALLAWAY 10 May 46 19 Jul 46 12 Sep 46 MC/D 23 Oct 48
39 CLAY 15 May 46 19 Jul 46 12 Sep 46 MC/D 23 Oct 48
40 CUSTER 24 May 46 19 Jul 46 11 Sep 46 MC/D 19 Apr 48
41 DU PAGE 28 Mar 46 17 Apr 46 27 Jun 46 MC/D 22 Jul 47
42 ELMORE 13 Mar 46 1 May 46 15 May 46 MC/D 22 May 47
43 FAYETTE 6 Mar 46 12 Apr 46 19 Apr 46 MC/D 22 Jul 47
46 KNOX 14 Mar 46 1 May 46 14 May 46 MC/D 11 Apr 47
47 LAMAR 7 Mar 46 12 Apr 46 3 Jul 46 MC/D 19 Jan 49
48 LEON 7 Mar 46 17 Apr 46 2 Apr 46 MC/D 11 Apr 47
92 ALPINE 5 Apr 46 1 May 46 10 Apr 46 MC/D 27 Feb 47
93 BARNSTABLE 25 Mar 46 12 Apr 46 26 Mar 46 MC/D 18 Apr 47
106 HANSFORD 14 Jun 46 3 Jul 46 15 Jun 46 MC/D 11 Mar 48
107 GOODHUE 5 Apr 46 1 May 46 11 Apr 46 MC/D 15 Apr 47
108 GOSHEN 30 Apr 46 8 May 46 2 May 46 MC/D 16 Jun 47
109 GRAFTON 16 May 46 5 Jun 46 17 May 46 MC/D 11 Sep 47
110 GRIGGS 27 May 46 19 Jun 46 28 May 46 MC/D 21 Apr 48
111 GRUNDY 8 May 46 21 May 46 13 May 46 MC/D 27 May 48
112 GUILFORD 29 May 46 19 Jun 46 31 May 46 MC/D 20 May 47
113 SITKA 14 May 46 5 Jun 46 15 May 46 MC/D 10 Jul 47
114 HAMBLEN 1 May 46 8 May 46 7 May 46 MC/D 4 May 48
115 HAMPTON 30 Apr 46 8 May 46 1 May 46 MC/D 20 Jun 47
116 HANOVER 11 May 46 21 May 46 12 May 46 MC/D 23 Dec 47

Class Notes:
FY 1943 (APA 33-48), 1944 (others). The BAYFIELD (APA-33) class is presented here in two parts, Part 1 being the basic APA type and Part 2 being the ships additionally fitted to serve as Relief Headquarters Ships (relief AGC's or RAGC's). Information applying to all ships as well as to the basic APA's is provided in the class notes for Part 1, while the class notes for Part 2 focus on the relief ACG configuration and the ships that received it. BAYFIELD herself received the relief AGC modification and is listed in Part 2.

On 28 Aug 42 CominCh directed the acquisition of 24 combat loaded transports and 6 combat loaded cargo ships. The Bureau of Ships, forewarned of this program on 20 Aug 42, had been told that the vessels would have to be acquired from the Army and that three quarters of them would probably be of older types. By early September the Navy planned to ask for larger ships of at least 15 knots speed and had gained the support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On 17 Sep 42 the JCS wrote to the Maritime Commission in support of the Navy request, stating that there was a need to increase the number of combat loaded transports and cargo ships, that 30 C2, C3 or equivalent hulls were needed, that these ships would be continually employed for war operations, and that they should be in addition to any ships then building for Army or Navy account. The Auxiliary Vessels Board determined on 19 Sep 42 that the only available source for these ships was the Maritime Commission building program. It identified 30 candidate C2 and C3 hulls (along with three for acquisition as AGC 1-3) and directed acquisition of the ships. On 24 Sep 42 MC confirmed that it would provide the ships. The 24 APAs (APA 33-56) were to be taken from the production lines of five yards: Western Pipe and Ingalls (C3-S-A2 design, APA 33-48), Moore (C2-S-B1 design, APA 49-51), Gulf (C2-S-E1 design, APA 52-54), and Bethlehem Sparrows Point (C3-S-A3 design, APA 55-56). At Western Pipe, APA-33 was originally to have been MC hull 268 (SEA BASS), but MC hull 275 was substituted, and MC hull 276 replace hull 272 (SEA SNIPE) as APA-37. At Ingalls, the original intention was to acquire MC hulls 426-427 (SEA SCAMP and SEA PORPOISE) as APA 46-47 respectively, but the unnamed MC hulls 430-431 were substituted.

On 9 Jul 43 CominCh wrote that the known requirements for APAs and AKAs now exceeded the total numbers provided for by existing construction and conversion programs and directed that enough MC hulls be acquired to support the immediate acquisition of 8 APAs and 6 AKAs and the subsequent delivery of one APA every month and one AKA every two months. The Auxiliary Vessels Board on 16 Jul 43 identified 14 MC hulls (increased to 15 on 7 Sep 43 with the addition of one more Ingalls hull) for conversion to APA 91-105 and 11 to become AKAs and directed their acquisition. The APAs came from Bethlehem Sparrows Point (APA 91, 97-98, 103, and 105), Western Pipe (APA 92-93, 96), Gulf (APA-94), and Ingalls (APA-95, 99-102, and 104). APA-99 was renamed because PF-97 already had the name LORAIN. At Ingalls the Navy initially asked for MC hulls 869, 871, and 879 as APA 101, 102, and 104, but on 7 Sep 43 VCNO asked for the substitution of earlier hulls (868, 870, and 872) after the delivery dates of vessels building at this yard fell 30 to 60 days behind schedule.

On 9 Nov 43 JCS requested that the Maritime Commission construct 130 standard APAs and 30 standard AKAs for the Navy for completion as early in the fourth quarter of 1944 as practicable. On 6 Dec 43 the MC informed the Secretary of the Navy that 11 of the APAs would be C3s, four from Western Pipe and seven from Ingalls. These, APA 106-116, were all completed as APAs by their builders under the MC Military Program, although the MC sent APA 112-114 to another yard for completion. Unlike most APAs, which were named after counties, APA-113 was named for a city. On 10 Jan 44 the Auxiliary Vessels Board directed acquisition of the 130 ships.

Ship Notes:
APA Name MC# Notes
34 BOLIVAR 269 Ex merc. SEA ANGEL. Ex AP-79 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 15 Mar-23 Apr 43. Converted by Todd SYs, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. PRESIDENT VAN BUREN 1948. Scrapped 1973 as SANTA MONICA.
35 CALLAWAY 270 Ex merc. SEA MINK. Ex AP-80 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 24 Apr-27 May 43. Converted by Atlantic Basin IW, Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. PRESIDENT HARRISON 1948. Scrapped 1974 as HURRICANE.
39 CLAY 274 Ex merc. SEA CARP. Ex AP-84 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 29 Jun-11 Aug 43. Converted by Todd SYs, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. PRESIDENT JOHNSON 1948. Scrapped 1974 as LA SALLE.
40 CUSTER 388 Ex merc. SEA EAGLE. Ex AP-85 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 23 Jan-13 Feb 43. Converted by Bethlehem Steel, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. SEA EAGLE 1946 (MC), MORMACMAR 1948. Scrapped 1973 as SANTA ANA.
41 DU PAGE 389 Ex merc. SEA HOUND. Ex AP-86 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 28 Feb-17 Mar 43. Converted by Todd Erie Basin DD, Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. P & T PATHFINDER 1947. Scrapped 1973 as PINE TREE STATE.
42 ELMORE 390 Ex merc. SEA PANTHER. Ex AP-87 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 30 Mar-10 Apr 43. Converted by Maryland DD, Baltimore, Md. Merc. SEA PANTHER 1946 (MC), CHINA TRANSPORT 1947. To NDRF 1969 as IDAHO. Sold by MA 13 Apr 71.
43 FAYETTE 391 Ex merc. SEA HAWK. Ex AP-88 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 30 Apr-14 May 43. Converted by Bethlehem 56th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. ROBIN GRAY 1947. Scrapped 1972 as GRAY.
46 KNOX 430 No merc. name. Ex AP-91 1 Feb 43. Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 30 Sep-14 Oct 43. Converted by Bethlehem 56th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. STEEL RECORDER 1947. Scrapped 1971 as CONSTITUTION STATE.
47 LAMAR 431 No merc. name. Ex AP-92 1 Feb 43. Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 10-22 Nov 43. Converted by Todd Erie Basin DD, Brooklyn, N.Y. To WSA/MC 29 Jun 46 in MC records. Merc. J. L. LUCKENBACH 1949. Scrapped 1971 as EVERGREEN STATE.
48 LEON 428 Ex merc. SEA DOLPHIN. Ex AP-93 1 Feb 43. Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 11-27 Sep 43. Converted by Bethlehem 56th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. SEA DOLPHIN 1946 (MC), STEEL CHEMIST 1947. Scrapped 1971.
92 ALPINE 281 Ex merc. SEA ARROW. Ferry comm. 30 Sep-8 Oct 43. Converted by Commercial IW, Portland, Ore. Merc. INDIA MAIL 1947. Scrapped 1971 as EMPIRE PACIFIC (ex BUCKEYE PACIFIC).
93 BARNSTABLE 282 Ex merc. SEA SNAPPER. Ferry comm. 30 Oct-3 Nov 43. Converted by Commercial IW, Portland, Ore. Merc. SEA SNAPPER 1946 (MC), STEEL FABRICATOR 1947. Scrapped 1974 as GRAND VALOR.
106 HANSFORD 1551 Ex merc. SEA ADDER. Ex USS GLADWIN 25 Aug 44. Merc. STEEL APPRENTICE 1948. Scrapped 1973.
107 GOODHUE 1552 Ex merc. SEA WREN. Merc. HAWAIIAN CITIZEN 1947. Converted to container ship 1960. Scrapped 1981.
108 GOSHEN 1553 Ex merc. SEA HARE. Merc. CANADA MAIL 1947. Scrapped 1973 as LAFAYETTE.
109 GRAFTON 1554 Ex merc. SEA SPARROW, completed and to MC 31 Dec 44. Merc. JAVA MAIL 1947. Scrapped 1975 as CARRIER DOVE.
110 GRIGGS 871 Merc. MORMACREY 1948. Scrapped 1973 as SANTA ALICIA.
111 GRUNDY 873 Merc. MORMACSURF 1948. Scrapped 1973 as SANTA ANITA.
112 GUILFORD 874 Completed by Waterman SS Corp., Mobile, Ala. Merc. P & T NAVIGATOR 1947. Scrapped 1976 as AMERICAN ORIOLE.
113 SITKA 875 Completed by Waterman SS Corp., Mobile, Ala. (departed Pascagoula 28 Aug 44). Merc. P & T TRADER 1947. Scrapped 1976 as AMERICAN CONDOR.
114 HAMBLEN 876 Completed by Waterman SS Corp., Mobile, Ala. Merc. STEEL VOYAGER 1948. Scrapped 1973.
115 HAMPTON 877 Merc. P & T EXPLORER 1947. Scrapped 1973 as AMERICAN FALCON.
116 HANOVER 878 Merc. HAWAIIAN WHOLESALER 1947. Scrapped 1972-73 as ENTU (ex VENTURA).

Page Notes:
APA        1943
Compiled:        12 May 2007
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2002-2007