|USS Montour (APA-101)|
USS Montour (APA-101), c. 1945-46
|Namesake:||A county in Pennsylvania|
|Laid down:||20 October 1943|
|Launched:||10 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||9 December 1944|
|Decommissioned:||19 April 1946|
MC Hull No. 868.|
Sponsor: Mrs. Walter Gulley
|Class & type:||Bayfield-class attack transport|
|Displacement:||8,100 tons, 16,100 tons fully loaded|
|Length:||492 ft (150 m)|
|Beam:||69 ft 6 in (21.18 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Propulsion:||General Electric geared turbine, 2 x Foster Wheeler D-type boilers, single propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500|
|Boats & landing |
|12 x LCVP, 4 x LCM (Mk-6), 3 x LCP(L) (MK-IV)|
|Capacity:||4,500 tons (180,500 cu. ft).|
Crew: 51 officers, 524 enlisted |
Flag: 43 officers, 108 enlisted.
Troops: 80 officers, 1,146 enlisted
|Armament:||20mm AA gun mounts|
Montour was laid down under Maritime Commission Contract 20 October 1943 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi; launched 10 March 1944; acquired by the Navy on a load charter basis and placed in partial commission 9 June 1944 to steam to Brooklyn, New York, for conversion by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation; and commissioned at New York 9 December 1944, Captain James H. Thatch, Jr., in command.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
Transport missions[edit | edit source]
Following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, Montour sailed for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor 1 February 1945. Three days later, she proceeded to San Pedro, California, where she reported for yard work. Between 26 March and 1 August, she made two voyages to the Marianas. She embarked troops at San Francisco 11 August, and sailed for the Philippines, arriving San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 5 September.
Occupation and demobilization missions[edit | edit source]
Assigned to transport troops destined for occupation duty in Japan, Montour departed Lingayen Gulf, arriving at Wakayama Ko, Honshū, 7 October. Montour debarked soldiers at Ise Wan, Honshū 27 October, and then reported for duty with the Operation Magic Carpet fleet for the next four months. She made two voyages from Okinawa to the West Coast, disembarking troops at Portland and San Francisco.
Decommissioning[edit | edit source]
Returning to the East Coast, she decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, 19 April 1946. Delivered to the War Shipping Administration 23 April, Montour was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 8 May.
Commercial service[edit | edit source]
Montour was sold into commercial service in 1947, and scrapped in 1977.
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- APA-101 Montour, Navsource Online
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