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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
USS Elk (IX-115)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Hotel - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, date unknown, as William Winter, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1904), at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 6 November 1943
Commissioned, USS Elk (IX-115), 26 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LT. Wilford T. Stannard, USN, in command
During World War II USS Elk was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 March to 30 June1945
Decommissioned, 17 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
USS Elk earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 20 May 1946, at Lee Hall, VA.
Sold, 24 January 1951 to Orion Shipping and Trading Corp, agents for Colonial SS. Corp., renamed SS Seapearl
Sold in November 1952 to Montepardo Compania, Armadora S. A., Panama, renamed SS Korthi
Converted to a dry cargo ship in 1954
Lengthened at Sasebo, Japan in 1956
Renamed SS Andros County in 1957
Renamed SS Kalamas in 1960
Ran aground, 3 September 1960, off Cape Arago, OR., heavily damaged
Final Disposition, after discharging her cargo the ship was scrapped at Oakland CA. in 1962
Displacement 14,500 t.
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
Cargo Capacity 8,500DWT
Oil 63,000 Bbls
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight 20mm AA guns
NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 225psi 450°
three recip-drive 20Kw 120v D.C. Ships' Service Generators
one propeller, 2,500shp
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|United States Maritime Commission
||United States Maritime Commission Tanker Design Z-ET-1-S-C3.
US National Archives photo thanks to Auke Visser's Famous T-Tanker Pages
|USS Elk (IX-115)
Elk - one of the largest species within the deer family, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America, as well as Central and East Asia.
||Liberty Ships fitting out at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA., 25 November 1943. From left to right:
Dry Cargo Ships
SS John A. Roebling
SS Ralph A. Cram
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tankers
Caribou (IX-114)- ex SS Nathaniel B. Palmer
Elk (IX-115) - SS William Winter
Gazelle (IX-116)- SS Cyrus K. Holliday
Gemsbok (IX-117) - SS Carl R. Gray
Giraffe (IX-118) - SS Sanford B. Dole
Ibex (IX-119) - SS Nicholas Longworth
Jaguar (IX-120) - SS Charles T. Yerkes
USS Elk (IX-115)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Stannard, Wilford Tennyson, USN (USNA 1932)||26 November 1943 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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 9 July 2021
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