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USS Shakamaxon (AN-88)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Quebec - Kilo
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
Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 30 June 1944, as Yard Net Tender Shakamaxon (YN-114) at Letham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launched, 9 September 1944
Redesigned Net Laying Ship (AN-88), 17 January 1945
Commissioned USS Shakamaxon (AN-88), 5 April 1945, LT. Merton F. Root USN in command
Assigned to the Pacific Fleet for duty in July 1945
USS Shakamaxon (AN-88) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 21 April 1947, at San Diego, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 July 1963, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Reacquired by the US Navy in 1968 and transferred to the Department of the Interior - Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Saipan, Micronesia and renamed MV Hafa Adai
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 13 September 1977
Sold for non-transportation use, 13 September 1977, (PD-X-1020) to Abe Rapaport, Seal Beach, CA. for $700
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 785 t.
Length 168' 6"
Beam 33' 10"
Draft 10' 10"
Speed 12.3 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
Diesel 905 Bbls
two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||Shakamaxon (AN-88) moored at the Letham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., circa early April 1944.
Photo from the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
||Shakamaxon (AN-88) underway on the Great Lakes, probably during builder or Navy acceptance trails, circa April 1945.
Photo courtesy Historical Collections of the Great Lakes.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Shakamaxon (AN-88)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Root, Merton Francis, USN||5 April 1945 - 26 September 1945|
|02||LT. Bartell, Russell James, USNR||26 September 1945 - 11 December 1945|
|03||LTjg. Campbell, Allan L., USNR||11 December 1945 - 5 April 1946|
|04||LT. Nottingham, Wells Bertram, USN||5 April 1946 - 13 July 1946|
|05||LT. Root, Merton Francis, USN||13 July 1946 - 11 January 1947|
|06||LTjg. Phillips, Gordon Robert, USNR||11 January 1947 - 21 April 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 23 September 2016
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