USS Hydra (AK-82)

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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
Struck: date unknown
Fate: scrapped
General characteristics
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
Speed: 10 kts.
Complement: 83
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount

USS Hydra (AK-82) was an Enceladus-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.

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


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