Europa (AK-81)

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Name: USS Europa
Builder: Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down: 2 March 1942
Launched: 7 December 1942
Acquired: 24 November 1943
In service: US Army Transportation Service, 25 November 1943
Out of service: 1967
Fate: Scrapped, 1967
General characteristics
Class and type: Enceladus-class cargo ship
Displacement: 1,677 long tons (1,704 t) light
5,202 long tons (5,285 t) full
Length: 269 ft 10 in (82.25 m)
Beam: 42 ft 6 in (12.95 m)
Draft: 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, single shaft, 1,300 shp (969 kW)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 83 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun

Europa (AK-81) was never commissioned and thus never bore the USS designation.[1].

Europa was laid down 2 March 1942 as MV William Lester, a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 464), at the Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey. Assigned to the Navy as Europa (AK-81), named for Europa, the smallest of the Galilean moons of planet Jupiter, to become an Enceladus-class cargo ship. She was launched 7 December 1942; delivered to the Navy uncompleted 24 November 1943; transferred the next day, 25 November 1943, to the United States Army Transportation Corps

The ship, renamed Thomas F. Farrel Jr., after an Engineering officer killed in the war, begin conversion in December, 1943 to a U.S. Army Port Repair ship manned by a military crew under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The ship did not complete conversion until 30 April 1944 and did not sail for Europe until late summer.[2] The ship was one of the port repair ships making it to Europe in time to assist in the restoration of ports.[3]

Thomas F. Farrel Jr. was scrapped in 1967.


  1. | Navy History & Heritage Command - Ship Naming in the United States Navy
  2. United States Army in World War II - The Corps of Engineers: Troops and Equipment - Chapter XVII - Preparing to Reconstruct Ports
  3. Grover, David (1987). U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II. Naval Institute Press. pp. 133–137. ISBN 0-87021-766-6. )