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Hilo (AGP 2)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Victor - Zebra


PatrolGunboat/Motor Torpedo Boat Tender:

  • Laid down 18 August 1930 as the yacht Caroline by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine for Eldridge H. Johnson
  • Launched 18 July 1931
  • Delivered 23 September 1931
  • Caroline served as a base for scientific research at Easter Island
  • Sold in 1938 to William B. Leeds and renamed Moana
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 November 1941
  • Converted for naval service at Craig Shipbuilding, Long Beach, CA
  • Commissioned USS Hilo (PG-58), 11 June 1942
  • Reclassified as a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, AGP-2, 13 January 1943
  • Decommissioned 3 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in June 1946
  • Sold 1 July 1946 to Pillsbury and Martingnoni of San Francisco, CA
  • Scrapped in 1958.


  • Displacement 2,350 t.
  • Length 278' 11"
  • Beam 38' 3"
  • Draft 17'
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
  • Propulsion: Two 3,000shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Caroline
    Hilo 75k . Bath Iron Works
    Hilo 148k c. 1931
    Main salon
    Jim Rogers
    Yacht Moana
    Hilo 83k c. October 1940
    Photo by Morris Rosenfeld
    Original photo: John Johnston
    Replacement photo: Jim Rogers
    Hilo 304k Photo from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    USS Hilo (AGP 2)
    Hilo 58k c. 1944 John Johnston
    Hilo 96k Photographed on 25 March 1944 at Talasea, New Britain, with a pontoon dock and four PT boats alongside. She has used the dock to lift one of the boats out of the water
    for maintenance
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo SC-260913
    Naval Historical Center
    Hilo 92k Photographed on 8 September 1944 at New Amsterdam Island, Dutch New Guinea, while serving as flagship of Com MTB Rons.
    National Archives photos 19-N-83478 and 80-G-258698
    Hilo 127k

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