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USS Serapis (IX-213)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Built in 1921 as the Emergency Fleet Corporation design tanker 1059 District of Columbia at Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Delivered to the USSB in 1921
  • Received by the War Shipping Administration, 21 April 1942, from the Standard Oil Co. of California
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, 26 October 1942, renamed SS Tuapse
  • Returned to the Was Shipping Administration and leased to Pacific Tanker, 26 February 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 3 March 1945, renamed Serapis and designated IX-213, 9 March 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Serapis (IX-213), 3 August 1945, at Pearl Harbor, T.H., LTjg Eugene F. Dunne, USNR, in temporary command
  • During world War II USS Serapis was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned and turned over to the Maritime Commission, 19 October 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission for scrapping, 8 May 1947, for $7,297.55, to American Iron and Metal Co.
    Displacement 7,641 t.
    Length 450'
    Beam 59'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 9.5 kts.
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 81,500 Bbls
    Complement 71
    one single surface 4" gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one steam turbine
    three single end boilers
    double Main Reduction Gears
    one propeller, 2,800shp

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    Serapis 55k

    Serapis, Attic/Ionian Greek) or Sarapis, Doric Greek) is a Graeco-Egyptian god. The Cult of Serapis was introduced during the 3rd century BC on the orders of Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means to unify the Greeks and Egyptians in his realm. The god was depicted as Greek in appearance, but with Egyptian trappings, and combined iconography from a great many cults, signifying both abundance and resurrection. A serapeum (Greek serapeion) was any temple or religious precinct devoted to Serapis. The cultus of Serapis was spread as a matter of deliberate policy by the Ptolemaic kings, who also built an immense Serapeum in Alexandria.
    However, there is evidence which implies that cult of Serapis existed before the Ptolemies came to power in Alexandria - a temple of Sarapis (or Roman Serapis) in Egypt is mentioned in 323 BC by both Plutarch (Life of Alexander, 76) and Arrian (Anabasis, VII, 26, 2). The common assertion that Ptolemy "created" the deity is derived from sources which describe him erecting a statue of Sarapis in Alexandria: this statue enriched the texture of the Sarapis conception by portraying him in both Egyptian and Greek style] Though Ptolemy I may have created the cult of Sarapis and endorsed him as a patron of the Ptolemaic dynasty and Alexandria, Sarapis was a syncretistic deity derived from the worship of the Egyptian Osiris and Apis (Osiris + Apis = Oserapis/Sarapis) and also gained attributes from other deities, such as chthonic powers linked to the Greek Hades and Demeter, and benevolence linked to Dionysus.
    Serapis continued to increase in popularity during the Roman period, often replacing Osiris as the consort of Isis in temples outside Egypt. In 389, a Christian mob led by the Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria destroyed the Alexandrian Serapeum, but the cult survived until all forms of pagan religion were suppressed under Theodosius I in 391.
    Tommy Trampp
    Serapis 57k The Soviet tanker SS Tuapse at San Francisco, CA., between 1942 and 1945. This ship, completed in 1921 as the American tanker District of Columbia, was loaned to the U.S.S.R. in 1942 under Lend Lease. Shortly after her return by the Soviets in 1945 she became USS Serapis (IX-213).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 89977, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Serapis (IX-213)
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