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Inca (IX-229)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Miscellaneous Unclassified Storage Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 July 1943, as SS Henry L. Abbott, Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2063) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 12 August 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 19 August 1943, managed by the Alaska Transportation Co, Seattle, WA.
  • Damaged off Okinawa in 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 30 July 1945
  • Acquisition canceled, found unfit for service, returned to the Maritime Commission, name reverted to SS Henry L. Abbott
  • Sold for scrapping, 3 March 1948, to Asia Development Corp. as part of a fifteen vessel package (PD-X-402) for $271,000.00
  • While in tow by the tug Christine Moller, intercepted by Chinese Nationalist warships, 26 September 1950, in international waters 180 miles off Keelung. The tug was ordered to cut loose the tow and the vessel was cast adrift in position 28.05N° 123.00E°
  • Salved by Chinese Nationalist tug and towed to Keelung, 4 October 1950
  • Released, 24 August 1951, and towed to Hong Kong, scrapped in September 1951
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 404,845 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Inca 44k Inca (IX-229) aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa next to a small floating drydock after they were blown ashore by a typhoon 9 October 1945. Another "Liberty" ship is in the left distance. In the original image, Inca's hull number (IX-229) is clearly visible in the dark patch on her starboard bow.
    US Navy History and Heritage Center photo # NH 101694, courtesy Dr. Herbert F. Gabriel, DDS, 1987.
    Robert Hurst
    Inca 67k Close-up view of Inca (IX-229) aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa. The hull number IX-229 is clearly legible on the bow, indicating that the ship's crew was unaware in October that the ship had been redesignated Gamage (IX-227) by the Navy Department back in August. News of this change does not appear to have arrived in the Western Pacific until January 1946. This photo was taken by an Army Air Force dental officer, Herbert F. Gabriel, who probably visited the site relatively soon after the end of the war.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 101694 (detail), courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    LST-823 63k Inca (IX-229) (renamed Gamage (IX-227)) and USS LST-823 aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after being stricken from the Naval Register in early 1946 and before their removal by scrappers circa the late 1940s. Inca served under this name and number into January 1946, when local authorities learned that she had been redesignated Gamage (IX-227) in August 1945. The hull number barely visible on her bow is probably IX-229.
    Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives, NARA photo # USA C-6343 courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Inca 122k Close-up view of Inca (IX-229) aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after Typhoon Louise ravaged the harbor there on 9 October 1945. The wreck beyond her on the right is USS LST-823.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. US Army C-6343 (detail)
    Mike Green

    Inca (IX-229)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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