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USAT Irvin L. Hunt
ex-USS Edenton (ID 3696)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Dog - Mike

Edenton served both the U. S. Navy and Army.


Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 19 November 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 December 1918 and commissioned USS Edenton (ID 3696)
  • Decommissioned 12 May 1919 at New Orleans, LA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired by the War Department in February 1941 and renamed USAT Irvin L. Hunt
  • Scheduled for further transfer to the U.S. Navy, and assigned the hull number AK-38, but remained in Army service through the Second World War and for more than a year after the conflict's end
  • Once the Army's need for her had ended Irvin L. Hunt was returned to the Maritime Commission and again renamed Edenton
  • She was placed in reserve at Astoria, Oregon, in January 1947, sold in March 1948 and was probably scrapped soon thereafter.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 13,627 t.
  • Length 423' 10"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 26' 9"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Edenton 703k Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941. Two Dutch tugs are visible beyond her stern, working to refloat her.
    Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 98483
    Robert Hurst
    Edenton 74k Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941. A Dutch tug is visible beyond her stern, working to refloat her.
    Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 98484
    Edenton 93k Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941, with two Dutch tugs working to refloat her. Photographed from on board one of the tugs.
    Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 98485
    Edenton 123k Enlarged view of above photo
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 98485
    Mike Green

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