USS Cohocton (AO-101)

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USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
Name: USS Cohocton
Namesake: Cohocton River
Builder: Marinship, Sausalito, California
Launched: 28 June 1945
Commissioned: 25 August 1945
Decommissioned: 14 June 1946
Acquired: 1 October 1949
In service: as USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
Out of service: (date unknown)
Struck: (date unknown)
Fate: Sold into commercial service, 16 September 1969
Sold for scrapping, 29 July 1980
General characteristics
Type: Escambia-class oiler
Displacement: 5,782 long tons (5,875 t) light
21,880 long tons (22,231 t) full
Length: 523 ft 6 in (159.56 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
Propulsion: Turbo-electric, single screw, 8,000 shp (5,966 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 140,000 barrels
Complement: 267
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber dual purpose gun
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 4 × twin 40 mm guns
• 4 × twin 20 mm guns

USS Cohocton (AO-101) was an Escambia-class fleet oiler acquired by the United States Navy for use during World War II. She had the dangerous but necessary task of providing fuel to vessels in combat and non-combat areas. She served in the Pacific Ocean Theatre of operations late in the war.

Cohocton was launched 28 June 1945 by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, California, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs C. O. Day; commissioned 25 August 1945, Lieutenant Commander J. A. Houston, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

End-of-war Pacific Theatre operations

Cohocton sailed from San Francisco, California, on 5 September 1945 for Eniwetok, carrying ammunition and fresh water. She supported occupation forces in the Far East and western Pacific by carrying water from one port to another and serving as station water tanker. She called at Guam, Ulithi, Samar, Leyte, Yokosuka, Wakayama, and Kagoshima before arriving at Tsingtao, China, on 10 January 1946, for station duty until 21 April. She returned by way of San Pedro, California, and the Panama Canal to Mobile, Alabama, where she was decommissioned on 14 June 1946 and returned to the War Shipping Administration the same day.

Reassigned to MSTS

Cohocton was reacquired by the Navy and operated by a civilian company under contract to the Navy Transportation Service.

She was reassigned to Military Sea Transportation Service on 1 October 1949; reinstated in the Naval Register and placed in-service as USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101). Placed out-of-service, (date unknown); struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown); transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, (date unknown).

Cohocton was withdrawn from the reserve fleet on 27 September 1967 and transferred to the Hudson Waterways Corporation as part of the MARAD Exchange Program, and renamed SS Transoneida. The ship was converted to container ship in 1969, and sold on 16 September 1969 to the C.I.T. Corporation. She was sold for scrapping to the Keun Hwa Iron & Steel Work Enterprise, Ltd., Taiwan, on 29 July 1980.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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