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CVE-75 USS HOGGATT BAY
(later CVHE-75 and AKV-25)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-Ray - Alpha

CLASS - CASABLANCA
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

Fate: Sold to E. Erhardt y Cia., S.L., c/o Jacques Pierot & Sons, N.Y., on 31 March 1960 for $218,888.89. Scrapped in Bilbao, Spain.

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Hoggatt Bay was sponsored by Mrs. Esther Irene Sundvik, wife of Victor Sundvik, a Vancouver Way 2 shipwright. Mrs. Sundvik was a cook at Burton Homes, and the first sponsor chosen from among yard employees.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 3, No. 23; December 9, 1943; page 6.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
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January 1944 port bow view of the newly commissioned USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75), moored in Astoria, Oregon.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo (# 1996.488.034.022). Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

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Undated. Underway with aircraft on deck. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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Excellent overhead showing general configuration of this class. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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"Crossing the Line" ceremony, sometime in 1944.

"[T]he granddaddy of all seagoing ceremonies [is] the shellback initiation when a ship crosses the Equator, in which 'pollywogs' (sailors who have not previously crossed the Line) become 'shellbacks' (fit subjects of King Neptune)."

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"We won't go into detail on what occurs when Neptune and his court are piped aboard and the pollywogs join the Order of the Shellbacks, because that's a mystery of the deep, after all. Suffice it to say, that when the day ends, the Shellback has arrived."

"To prove it, he has a certificate of impressive size, festooned with drawings of fish, mermaids and a trident-wielding Neptune, [...]"

(Text above quoted from "Crossing the Line, Plank Owner and Other Unofficial Certificates Acquired by Naval Personnel.")

Photos from the collection of Pearl Harbor Survivor Dale Magnus. Dale, an RM3/c at the time, was already a Shellback when he took the photos.

Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific."
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For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS HOGGATT BAY CVE-75 History
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DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Ted C. Harper,
Director, USS Hoggatt Bay Association
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E-mail: TCHARPE@aol.com
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