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USAT Monterey (1922 - 1937)
Laid down, 4 April 1932, at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Launched, 17 September 1932
Completed and delivered 15 December 1932
Operated as SS Haiti by Columbia Mail Steamship Co. from 1932 to 1938
Renamed SS Puerto Rico in 1938 while in service for the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Co.
Renamed SS Monterey in 1939 while in service for the Oceanic Steamship Co. (Spreckles Line) a subsidiary of Matson Navigation Co.
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 14 February 1942 under bare boat charter and operated by Atlantic, Gulf & West Indies Lines (AGWI) acting as agent for WSA to meet Army transportation needs.
Title delivered to WSA 25 September 1942
Allocated to the US Navy, 6 August 1942
Named changed to Alameda (AP-68), 22 August 1942
Conversion for Navy service cancelled, returned to the WSA, 25 September 1942
Alameda was re-delivered to the War Department,16 January 1943 for Army operation as USAT Monterey
Decommissioned by the US Army Transportation Service, date unknown
Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 June 1946, for operation by Atlantic Gulf and West Indies Lines for the WSA
Laid up, date unknown, in the James River National Defense Reserve Fleet at Lee Hall, VA.,
Sold for $650,000.00, 14 August 1947, to the Republic of Turkey
Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered buyer, 16 April 1948
Reflagged Turkey, renamed SS Cankiri
Resold, date unknown, renamed SS Adana
Beached in 1952 after engine room flooded while at anchor
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1968 after a fire
Displacement 5,236 t.(Gross)
Length 385' 5"
Beam 57' 5"
Draft 23' 8"
Troop Accommodations unknown
Largest Boom Capacity unknown
Cargo Capacity unknown
one single 4"/50 single purpose gun mount
three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity unknown
two steam turbines
two propellers, 6,500shp
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Oceanic Steamship Co.
Matson Navigation Co.
||The Oceanic Steamship Co. liner SS Monterey under way circa 1930s.
William Claire Meyer USN Ret. (1913-2002), who commanded USS Ringness (APD-100) during WWII
worked in SS Monterey from September3 1932 to July 1934. "Started out as a Cadet, then Deck Boy, Seaman, Quartermaster. The SS Monterey .....
[William Meyers] made 13 round trips to Australia via Los Angeles, Honolulu, Pago Pago, Samoa, Suva Fiji, Auckland New Zealand,
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. ….” “The Commander was Andrew G. Townsend… the best ship handler that ever lived. Observing his handling of the Monterey taught me a
great deal that was useful to me in later years in the Navy. The Staff Captain was Reginald J. Melanphy."
||Repeat photo of SS Monterey but showing Matson Navigation stack marking.
||USAT Monterey under way during World War II. Image from "Troopships of World War II" , by Roland W. Charles, Washington, D.C.. 1947, courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USAT Monterey under way during World War II, date and location unknown.
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