USS Hydra (AK-82)
|Ordered:||as N3-M-A1 hull, MC hull 465|
|Laid down:||as MV Eben H. Linnell|
|Launched:||23 January 1943|
|Acquired:||1 January 1943|
|Commissioned:||25 September 1943|
|Decommissioned:||19 November 1943|
|Out of service:||20 August 1947|
|Displacement:||1,677 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)|
|Length:||269 ft 10 in (82.25 m)|
|Beam:||42 ft 6 in (12.95 m)|
|Draught:||20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel, single shaft, 1,300shp|
|Armament:||one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount|
Hydra (AK-82), formerly SS Eben H. Linnell, was launched 23 January 1943 under Maritime Commission contract by Penn-Jersey Ship Building Corp., Camden, New Jersey; acquired by the Navy 1 January 1943; and commissioned 25 September 1943, Lt. E. F. McCotter, USCGR, in command.
Hydra arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, 1 October to prepare for her shakedown. For the next month she engaged in various operations, including speed trials and target runs in the Chesapeake Bay. She departed Norfolk in early November and sailed into Boston, Massachusetts, Harbor 5 November to begin transferring process. She decommissioned 19 November 1943 and transferred to the U.S. Army the same day.
Hydra served in the Army as the Port Repair ship Madison Jordan Manchester. The ship was returned to the Maritime Commission.and arrived in the James River 20 August 1947 where she is berthed as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
Military awards and honors
Hydra’s crew was eligible for the following medals:
- American Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AK-82 Hydra - USAT Madison Jordan Manchester
- Photo of Madison Jordan Manchester, Forrest Sherman (DD-931) awaiting scrapping and Blandy (DD-943) awaiting scrapping