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Alameda (AP-68)
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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  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered buyer, 16 April 1948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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,236 t.(Gross)
    Length 385' 5"
    Beam 57' 5"
    Draft 23' 8"
    Speed 16kts.
    Complement unknown
    Troop Accommodations unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    non-refrigerated unknown
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 6,500shp

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    Merchant Service Oceanic Steamship Co.
    Monterey 74k The Oceanic Steamship Co. liner SS Monterey under way in the 1939. Robert Hurst
    USAT Monterey
    Monterey 68k 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 Robert Hurst

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