Monday, May 13, 2019
USS Jaguar (IX-120)-- Part 1: Launched By the California Shipbuilding Corporation
In my last post, I talked with a WW II veteran who served on this ship. I;d never heard of the hip, so good ol' Wikipedia.
Was an Armadillo-class tanker designated an unclassified miscellaneous ship She was the only ship in the U.S. Navy ever to have this name. The keel was laid down as the Charles T. Yerkes under Maritime Commission contract by the California Shipbuilding Corporation in San Pedro, California.
She was launched on 20 November 1943 and acquired by the Navy December 15 and commissioned that day with Lieutenant Commander T.E. Hammond in command. It was 441 feet long with a 57-foot beam and a complement of 70 officers and enlisted.
After a shakedown cruise, it departed 19 January 1944 for duty as a floating storage ship in the Pacific Theater.