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USS Bayfield on 6 February 1952 showing the additional command facilities in this part of her class.
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Class:        BAYFIELD (APA-33), Part 2
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 2-40mmT 18-20mm (APA 33, 38, 45, 95-96, 99-102, 104);
1-5"/38 3-40mmQ 18-20mm (1944: APA-44); 1-5"/38 3-40mmQ 10-20mm (1946-47: APA-44); 1-5"/38 3-40mmQ 4<12-20mmT (1949-56: APA-44); 1-5"/38 3-40mmQ (1958-59: APA-44);
2-5"/38 4-40mmT 18>14-20mm (1945-46: APA-45, 95, 104); 2-5"/38 4-40mmT 12-20mmT (1945-46: APA 36-38, 92, 99); 2-5"/38 4-40mmT 12>4-20mmT (1949-57: APA-33, 36-38, 45); ; 2-5"/38 4-40mmT (1958-59: APA-33, 36-38, 45)
1-5"/38 4-40mmT (1966-67: APA-33, 45)
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.
33 BAYFIELD 30 Jun 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 14 Nov 42 15 Feb 43 20 Nov 43
36 CAMBRIA 4 May 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 1 Jul 42 10 Nov 42 10 Nov 43
37 CAVALIER 19 Jul 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 10 Dec 42 15 Mar 43 15 Jan 44
38 CHILTON 29 May 43 Western Pipe, San Fran. 10 Sep 42 29 Dec 42 7 Dec 43
44 FREMONT 30 May 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 28 Oct 42 31 Mar 43 23 Nov 43
45 HENRICO 24 Jun 43 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 12 Nov 42 31 Mar 43 26 Nov 43
95 BURLEIGH 1 Apr 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 6 Jul 43 3 Dec 43 30 Oct 44
96 CECIL 26 Feb 44 Western Pipe, San Fran. 24 Jun 43 27 Sep 43 15 Sep 44
99 DADE 29 Apr 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 2 Sep 43 14 Jan 44 11 Nov 44
100 MENDOCINO 23 May 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 20 Sep 43 11 Feb 44 31 Oct 44
101 MONTOUR 9 Jun 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 20 Oct 43 10 Mar 44 9 Dec 44
102 RIVERSIDE 29 Jun 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 11 Nov 43 13 Apr 44 18 Dec 44
104 WESTMORELAND 12 Jul 44 Ingalls SB, Pascagoula 8 Dec 43 28 Apr 44 18 Jan 45

Disposition:
APA Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
33 BAYFIELD 28 Jun 68 1 Oct 68 15 Sep 69 MA/S 15 Sep 69
36 CAMBRIA 15 Sep 70 14 Sep 70 1 Sep 71 MA/S 7 Sep 71
37 CAVALIER 30 Sep 68 1 Oct 68 15 Sep 69 MA/S 15 Sep 69
38 CHILTON 1 Jul 72 1 Jul 72 15 Jul 74 MA/S 15 Jul 74
44 FREMONT 2 Sep 69 1 Jun 73 1 Sep 71 MA/R 5 Apr 74
45 HENRICO 14 Feb 68 1 Jun 73 3 Jul 68 MA/R 16 Mar 76
95 BURLEIGH 11 Jun 46 3 Jul 46 12 Jun 46 MC/D 26 Jun 47
96 CECIL 24 May 46 19 Jun 46 25 May 46 MC/D 7 Aug 47
99 DADE 25 Feb 46 12 Apr 46 25 Feb 46 MC/D 21 Jul 47
100 MENDOCINO 27 Feb 46 12 Mar 46 27 Feb 46 MC/D 19 Mar 47
101 MONTOUR 19 Apr 46 8 May 46 23 Apr 46 MC/D 5 Mar 48
102 RIVERSIDE 27 Apr 46 8 May 46 28 Apr 46 MC/D 7 Nov 47
104 WESTMORELAND 5 Jun 46 19 Jun 46 7 Jun 46 MC/D 2 Jul 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.

In the spring of 1943 the Navy, facing an urgent need for command ships for amphibious operations and realizing that the first ships being built specifically for that mission, the APPALACHIAN (AGC-1) class, would not be available until later in the year, gave several APA's enhanced command facilities and accommodations for staff personnel. Two or three APA-2 class ships (HARRIS, LEONARD WOOD, and possibly ZEILIN), one APA-21 class ship (MONROVIA), and one APA-25 class ship (SAMUEL CHASE) received modifications during 1943 to enable them to serve as relief headquarters ships. These early modifications were evidently inadequate--in November 1943 an amphibious training command reported that the temporary conversion of CHASE as a H/Q ship was unsatisfactory, and that the ship was also unsuitable as a division flagship or as a straight APA. (Some of these deficiencies in CHASE were probably corrected in December 1943.) These modifications generally did not affect the exterior appearance of the ships, although the deckhouse added on top of the bridge of MONROVIA in mid-1943 probably contained command facilities. In mid-1945, two more APA-21 class ships (CHARLES CARROLL and CALVERT) and two more APA-25 class ships (ARTHUR MIDDLETON and GEORGE CLYMER) were ordered fitted as relief AGCs, although the conversion of CARROLL was cancelled because the end of the war intervened.

On 10 Jun 43 Navy planners identified a need for 12 "relief communications ships similar to the MONROVIA" to help make up for the difficulty the Navy was experiencing in acquiring enough dedicated headquarters ships (AGCs). In June and July 1943 CNO designated six BAYFIELD-class ships (APA-33, 36-38, and 44-45) to be further modified during their APA conversion to allow them to serve as relief AGCs and transport squadron flagships. The structural alterations were conspicuous: a two-level deckhouse was added just aft of the stack that rose higher than the bridge, and another two-level deckhouse was added at the after end of the central superstructure between the after pair of boat davits. The ships' manpower allowance was increased by 43 staff officers and 108 enlisted. An attempt in July 1943 to add APA-34 and APA-44 to this program was cancelled later in the month when it was realized that these conversions would delay these urgently needed ships beyond their scheduled completion date. Seven of the 15 APAs added to the building program in July 1943 were later selected to receive the same alterations before completion.

After the war the increased command facilities in these ships were highly valued, and the modified ships that survived the force cuts immediately after the war saw extensive service. Progressive wartime and postwar modifications also increased the size of the command facilities and in some ships included the addition of a mast aft of the stack.

Ship Notes:
APA Name MC# Notes
33 BAYFIELD 275 Ex merc. SEA BASS. Ex AP-78 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 30 Jun-10 Aug 43. Converted by Atlantic Basin IW, Brooklyn, N.Y. To buyer 8 Oct 69.
36 CAMBRIA 271 Ex merc. SEA SWALLOW. Ex AP-81 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 4 May-22 Jun 43. Converted by Todd SYs, Hoboken, N.J. In USN reserve 1949-50. To LPA-36 1 Jan 69. To NDRF 13 Nov 70. Sold in 1971 for use as a workshop in Haiti under the nane JEAN CLAUDE DUVALIER and delivered to her buyer on 5 Oct 71. She did not leave Norfolk because of financial difficulties and was resold for scrap in Feb 72.
37 CAVALIER 276 No merc. name. Ex AP-82 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 19 Jul 43 to ca. 22 Aug 43. Converted by Bethlehem Steel, Hoboken, N.J. To buyer 10 Oct 69.
38 CHILTON 273 Ex merc. SEA NEEDLE. Ex AP-83 1 Feb 43. Ferry comm. 29 May-10 Jul 43. Converted by Todd Erie Basin DD, Brooklyn, N.Y. To LPA-38 1 Jan 69. To NDRF 26 Oct 72. To buyer 6 Aug 74.
44 FREMONT 392 Ex merc. SEA CORSAIR. Ex AP-89 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 30 May-11 Jun 43. Converted by Maryland DD, Baltimore, Md. To LPA-44 1 Jan 69. To NDRF 10 Oct 69. To buyer 22 Apr 74.
45 HENRICO 393 Ex merc. SEA DARTER. Ex AP-90 1 Feb 43. Delivered 95.0% complete. Ferry comm. 24 Jun-8 Jul 43. Converted by Bethlehem Steel, Hoboken, N.J. To NDRF 21 Feb 68. To LPA-45 1 Jan 69. To buyer 19 Apr 76.
95 BURLEIGH 862 Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 1-13 Apr 44. Converted by Bethlehem 56th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. HAWAIIAN PILOT 1947. Scrapped 1973 as NOMA (ex SONOMA).
96 CECIL 1544 Ex merc. SEA ANGLER. Ferry comm. 27 Feb-5 Mar 44. Converted by Commercial IW, Portland, Ore. Merc. STEEL ADMIRAL 1947. Scrapped 1973.
99 DADE 864 Ex USS LORAIN 19.11.43. Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 29 Apr-9 May 44. Converted by Todd Shipyards, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. HAWAIIAN RETAILER 1947. To NDRF 1967. Sold by MA 3 Sep 70, to buyer 15 Sep 70.
100 MENDOCINO 866 Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 23 May-3 Jun 44. Converted by Bethlehem Steel, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. P & T SEAFARER 1947. Scrapped 1973 as ELIANA (ex SANTA ELIANA).
101 MONTOUR 868 Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 9-20 Jun 44. Converted by Bethlehem 56th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. STEEL ROVER 1948. Scrapped 1971.
102 RIVERSIDE 870 Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 29 Jun-8 Jul 44. Converted by Atlantic Basin IW, Brooklyn, N.Y. Merc. P & T FORESTER 1947. Wrecked 31 Mar 68 as SANTA LEONOR.
104 WESTMORELAND 872 Delivered incomplete. Ferry comm. 12-22 Jul 44. Converted by Todd Shipyards, Hoboken, N.J. Merc. STEEL KING 1947. Scrapped 1973.

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