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USS Ganymede (AK-104)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - November - Hotel
NTNH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down,16 May 1943, as SS James W. Nye, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1571) at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 8 June 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 23 June 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Ganymede (AK-104), 31 July 1943, LCDR. Glenn H. Melichar in command
  • During World War II USS Ganymede was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 1 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 March 1973, to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp, for scrapping in Taiwan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 29
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity non-refrigerated 412,439 Cu. ft. 7,750DWT
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua Hendy Ironworks vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one propeller, 2,500shp

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    Ganymede 134k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (amidships and aft plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, CA., 29 June 1943, during conversion for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4719-43, 6/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 124k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (aft plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, CA., 29 June 1943, during conversion for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4720-43, 6/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 102k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (forward plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, CA., 29 June 1943, during conversion for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4721-43, 6/29/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 111k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (forward plan view) moored pierside at Alameda, CA., 4 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5663-43, 8/4/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 79k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (aft and amidships plan view) moored pierside at Alameda, CA., 4 August 1943. Circled items are alterations made to Ganymede to make her suitable for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5666-43, 8/4/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 76k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (broadside plan view) in San Francisco Bay, 16 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5878-43, 8/16/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 64k USS Ganymede (AK-104) (bow on plan view) in San Francisco Bay, 16 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5880-43, 8/16/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ganymede 135k USS Ganymede (AK-104) in San Francisco Bay, 16 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5877-43, 8/16/43.
    David Nixon
    Ganymede 65k USS Ganymede (AK-104) at anchor off Naval Shipyard Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA. in February 1946, prior to sailing for Pearl Harbor for final decommissioning. Fred Bennett YN1/c USS Ganymede

    USS Ganymede (AK-104)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Melichar, Glenn H.31 July 1943 - 15 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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