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USS Clifton (IX-184)
Career (United States)
  • SS Dilworth (1913–1945)
  • USS Clifton (1945–1946)
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company, Alameda, California
Yard number: 5261A
Launched: 30 June 1913
Acquired: 31 May 1945
Commissioned: 2 June 1945
Decommissioned: 21 February 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1947
General characteristics [1]
Type: Design 1047 tanker
Displacement: 4,600 long tons (4,674 t) light
14,493 long tons (14,726 t) full load
Length: 453 ft (138 m) o/a
435 ft (133 m) w/l
Beam: 56 ft (17 m)
Draft: 27 ft 4 in (8.33 m) full load
Propulsion: 1 × 2,800 hp (2,088 kW) vertical triple expansion steam engine, 1 screw
Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph)
Complement: 70

USS Clifton (IX-184) was a storage tanker that served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946 as an unclassified miscellaneous vessel.

Service history[edit | edit source]

The ship was built in 1913 at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company's Alameda Works, as SS Dilworth,[2] under United States Shipping Board contract No. 1465, as an EFC Design 1047 tank ship.[3]

In October 1943 the Vice Chief of Naval Operations requested that the War Shipping Administration's Auxiliary Vessels Board acquire 35 elderly tankers for use as mobile floating storage ships at advanced bases in the Pacific area. He later directed that these vessels be armed, and equipped with the necessary fittings for use in transferring fuel oil to other vessels.[4]

In August 1944 four of these tankers were assigned to Service Force, Seventh Fleet, in the Southwest Pacific Area. Dilworth and three other ships were sent to Brisbane, Australia, to fulfill this requirement. The vessels were not expected to meet Navy standards, but had to be in good enough condition to travel to the forward area and on arrival be capable of receiving and discharging fuel to other vessels as required.[1]

Dilworth was transferred to the Navy from the War Shipping Administration at Brisbane on 31 May 1945, and commissioned on 2 June as Clifton, with Lieutenant D. M. Cranford, USNR, in command. She sailed from Brisbane on 13 June, and served as station tanker at Leyte (12 July-2 August), Manila (5–29 August), and Kanoya, Japan (8 September-2 November). She returned to the United States via Pearl Harbor and San Pedro, California, and arrived at Mobile, Alabama, on 14 January 1946. She was decommissioned there on 21 February and returned to the custody of the War Shipping Administration the same day.[2] She was sold in January 1947, and scrapped by September.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roberts, Stephen S. (2010). "IX-131 class tankers". U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessels 1917–1945. http://www.shipscribe.com/usnaux/IX2/IX131.html. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "USS Clifton (III)". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c10/clifton-iii.htm. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. Colton, Tim (27 November 2011). "Bethlehem Steel Company, San Francisco CA". shipbuildinghistory.com. http://shipbuildinghistory.com/history/shipyards/1major/inactive/bethsanfrancisco.htm. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  4. Roberts, Stephen S. (2010). "IX-132 class tankers". U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessels 1917–1945. http://www.shipscribe.com/usnaux/IX2/IX132.html. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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