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USS Fergus (APA-82)
Career (USA)
Name: USS Fergus (APA-82)
Namesake: A county in Montana
Builder: Consolidated Steel
Launched: 24 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. F. W. Mihld
Acquired: 19 February 1945
Commissioned: 20 February 1945
Decommissioned: 25 June 1946
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Gilliam-class attack transport
Tonnage: 85,000 cu. ft., 600 t.
Displacement: 4,247 tons (lt), 7,080 t.(fl)
Length: 426 ft (130 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Propulsion: Westinghouse turboelectric drive, 2 boilers, 2 propellers, Design shaft horsepower 6,000
Speed: 17 knots
Capacity: 47 Officers, 802 Enlisted
Crew: 27 Officers, 295 Enlisted
Armament: 1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mount, 4 x twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 x single 20mmgun mounts
Notes: MCV Hull No. ?, hull type S4-SE2-BD1

USS Fergus (APA-82) was a Gilliam-class attack transport that served with the US Navy during World War II. Commissioned late in the war, she was initially assigned to transport duties and consequently did not participate in combat operations.

Fergus was named after a county in Montana. She was launched 24 December 1944 by Consolidated Steel at Wilmington, California; acquired by the Navy 19 February 1945; and commissioned 20 February 1945, Commander J. C. Snyder, USNR, in command.

Operational history

World War II and after

Fergus sailed from San Diego 19 April 1945 for Saipan, where she transferred Marines to another transport bound for Okinawa. At Guam she unloaded cargo and embarked hospital patients for San Francisco, returning 24 June. Her next voyage, between 1 July and 20 October, was devoted to redeployment of troops among Pacific bases and to occupation duty in Japan. Fergus made two cruises, one to Guam, Leyte, and Pearl Harbor, and the other to Pearl Harbor alone, to return servicemen eligible for discharge.

Decommission

She was decommissioned 25 June 1946 at Pearl Harbor, and towed to San Francisco Bay, where she was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 4 September 1947. Her final disposition is unknown.

References

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.


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