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USS Giraffe (IX-118)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 14 October 1943, as SS Sanford B. Dole, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ETl-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1907) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Acquired by the US Navy, 27 October 1943, renamed Giraffe (IX-118)
Launched, 11 November 1943
Commissioned USS Giraffe (IX-118), 12 December 1943, LCDR. Frederick F. Daly, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Giraffe was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 7 to 10 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 to 29 May 1945
Decommissioned, and delivered to the WSA, 17 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., name reverted to SS Sanford B. Dole
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
USS Giraffe (IX-118) earned two battle stars for World War II service
Acquired, 3 April 1948, by Lavino Shipping Corp, 3 February 1948 as agents for Forddon Trading Corp.
Resold, 1 June 1948, to Metro Petroleum Shipping Co., Inc., of Wilmington, DL., renamed SS Kileen
Converted to a dry cargo carrier at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., in August 1949
Resold to Sea Transport Corp. in October 1951, renamed SS Seapender
Resold to Naess Wejlander and Co., Inc., in August 1953, renamed SS Ragnar Naess
Resold to Norlo Shipping Co. Inc. in September 1954
Resold to Ocean Liberties, Inc., Monrovia, Liberia, in June 1955, renamed SS Ocean Daphne, Liberian flagged
Renamed SS Orient Lakes in 1961
Final Disposition, SS Orient Lakes was scrapped at Moji, Japan in 1967
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 14,500 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts
Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
Oil 63,000 Bbls
one single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal. purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one vertical single cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 220psi, 450°
three recip-drive 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single four blade, 18' 6" 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 Giraffe (IX-118)
Giraffe - is an African artiodactyl mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. It is traditionally considered to be one species,
Giraffa camelopardalis, with nine subspecies.
||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
||Line drawing of USS Giraffe (IX-118) by Jon Hall.
||Ex-USS Giraffe (IX-118) renamed SS Sanford B. Dole moored pierside circa 1946-48, location unknown.
Photo ©World Ship Society
||Ex-USS Giraffe (IX-118) underway as the Sea Transport Corp.'s. SS Seapender at anchor, circa October 1951 to August 1953, location unknown.
||Ex-USS Giraffe (IX-118) as the Liberian registered Ocean Liberties, Inc. SS Ocean Daphne moored at the off shore bunker station at The Straits Settlements in August 1957.
Photo ©World Ship Society.
|Photo -Gerhard Mueller-Debus and
Caption - Jerome W. Burke
USS Giraffe (IX-118)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 9 July 2021
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