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Echols (IX-504)
Echols (APB-37) (1944 - 1971)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform- India - Zulu
Benewah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
  • Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) APL-37
  • Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) APB-37, 8 August 1944
  • Laid down, 11 August 1944, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 30 July 1945
  • Completed, 1 January 1947
  • Placed in service in reserve as Echols (APB-37) in January 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Towed to Norfolk, VA. in 1961, subsequently towed to Groton. CT. for use as a barracks barge for submarine crews
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-504 in 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 1995
  • Final Disposition, disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for reuse/conversion, 12 June 2003
    APB Specifications:
    Displacement 4,000 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 129
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers 26
    Enlisted 1200
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,975 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    two propellers, 1,600shp

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    Echols (APB-37)
    Echols 25k Echols (APB-37) moored at Pier 6 West, Boston Naval Shipyard, 8 January 1947, one week after her completion. Echols would remain in reserve status for fourteen years before being activated to berth crews at the Navy submarine base at New London, CT.
    Boston Naval Shipyard photo # BOSTS-11020.
    US National Park Service, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston
    Echols 65k Echols (APB-37) under tow near the Boston Navy Yard on 15 April 1948, the date on which she was placed in service in reserve. This ship did not receive its armament but has its full complement of lifeboats and davits. The last unit of her class to be competed, she was never placed in full commission.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-131124), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Commercial Service
    Echols 177k Ex-Echols (APB-37) in commercial service at Staten Island N.Y., used as a floating office and indoor shop for Clean Waters of N.Y, an environmental company, Photo by Robert Macedonio

    USS Echols (APB-37)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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