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USS Amador


Dec 17, 2021
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USS Amador (AK-158) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship commissioned by the US Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.

USS Amador (AK-158) at anchor in the Columbia River, Oregon, December 1944.
United States
Name Amador
Namesake Amador County, California
Ordered as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2103[1]
Builder Kaiser Shipyards Co., Richmond, California
Yard number 60[1]
Laid down 27 December 1943
Launched 15 June 1944
Sponsored by Mrs. S. J. Davis
Acquired 10 August 1944
Commissioned 9 October 1944
Decommissioned 23 October 1944
Recommissioned 25 November 1944
Decommissioned 20 June 1946
Refit 23 October 1944, converted to ammunition tender
Stricken 19 July 1946
Fate sold 23 March 1948, to Sudden & Christensen, Inc., agents for Rederacti Edolajet Signy
Name Skagern
Namesake Skagern Lake
Owner Rederacti Edolajet Signy
Acquired 13 April 1948
Fate Sold 1963
  • Nicoloas
  • Dina
  • Alkistis
Acquired 1963
Identification IMO number: 5407370
Fate scrapped in Spain in 1980
General characteristics [2]
Class and type Alamosa-classcargo ship
Type C1-M-AV1
Tonnage 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam 50 ft (15 m)
Draft 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power
Propulsion 1 × propeller
Speed 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted

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Amador was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2103, on 27 December 1943, at Richmond, California, by Kaiser Cargo Inc.; launched on 15 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. S. J. Davis; acquired by the Navy on 10 August 1944; commissioned on 9 October 1944, decommissioned at Portland, Oregon, on 23 October 1944 to undergo conversion to an ammunition tender by the Commercial Iron Works, and recommissioned on 25 November 1944, Lieutenant Fred W. Beyer in command.[3]

Amador got underway early in December for shakedown training off San Pedro, California. She loaded cargo and ammunition at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, then sailed for Eniwetok on 11 January 1945. The ship reached Eniwetok on the 29th and was routed on to Ulithi. Upon her arrival there on 18 February, Amador was assigned to Service Squadron 10.[3]

Amador remained at Ulithi through 15 March for ammunition handling operations. She next set sail on the 16th for Leyte, Philippines, via Kossol Roads. The ship anchored in San Pedro Bay on 22 March and began issuing ammunition to ships of the fleet, as well as reworking defective projectiles and fuses. On 23 October, she moved to Guinan Roadstead, Samar, and began receiving ammunition from ammunition lighters for transportation back to the United States.[3]

On 12 November, Amador got underway for Seattle, Washington. She arrived in Puget Sound on 8 December and remained in that area until 29 March 1946, when she began preparations for deactivation. She was decommissioned on 20 June 1946, and her name was struck from the Navy list on 19 July 1946. The ship was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 23 July 1946. She was subsequently sold and fitted out for service as a merchant ship.[3]

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