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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
Laid down, 15 November 1942, as SS Juan de Fuca, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1747), at Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, WA.
Launched, 27 December 1942
Assigned, 11 January 1943 to Weyerhaeuser Steamship Co. for operations under a General Agency Agreement
9 December 1944 - damaged by Japanese air attack in Pacific
30 December 1944 - damaged by Japanese aerial torpedo
30 December 1944 - run aground at Tacloban, Leyte, Philippine Islands, declared a constructive total loss
April 1945 - further damaged during Japanese air attacks
Refloated and towed to Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, date unknown
Acquired by the US Navy, 23 September 1945, and place in service as Araner (IX-226), Lt. Henry Morath in charge
Placed out of service, 22 August 1946
Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), at Subic Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands in October 1946, name reverted to SS Juan De Fuca
Sold for scrapping, 3 March 1948, to Asia Development Corp. as part of a fifteen vessel package (PD-X-402) for $271,000.00
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1948
Final Disposition, while under tow by tug Margaret Moller, 26 September 1950, bound from Hong Kong to Shanghai, intercepted by Chinese Nationalist warships in international waters, 180 miles north of Keelung. The tug was ordered to cut loose her tow and the vessel was cast adrift at position 28.05N 123.00E. Later
reported drifting off the coast of mainland China north of Formosa, no further trace and presumed to have sunk in the Straits of Formosa.
Displacement 3,381 t.(lt) 14,269 t.(fl)
Length 422' 8"
Draft 27' 8"
Speed 11 kts.
single one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four 40mm guns
two 220 PSI boilers, General Machinery Corp, Hamilton, OH.
single three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, Shaft Horsepower, 2,500hp
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USS Araner (IX-226)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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 10 March 2017
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