USS Galaxy (IX-54)

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Name: USS Galaxy
Builder: Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
Launched: 1930
Acquired: by purchase, 8 September 1941
Commissioned: 20 September 1941
Decommissioned: 2 August 1945
In service: 2 August 1945
Out of service: 25 March 1946
Struck: 1 May 1946
Homeport: East Boston
Fate: Transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal, 20 May 1946
General characteristics
Type: Research ship
Displacement: 320 long tons (325 t)
Length: 130 ft (40 m)
Beam: 21 ft 4 in (6.50 m)
Draft: 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Propulsion: Diesel engines
Speed: 11.4 knots (21.1 km/h; 13.1 mph)
Complement: 27
Armament: None

USS Galaxy (IX-54), was a diesel motor yacht built in 1930 by Pusey and Jones Company, in Wilmington, Delaware for Mr. Bernard W. Doyle, of Leominster, Massachusetts. Purchased by the United States Navy on 8 September 1941 and commissioned at East Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 September 1941, with Lieutenant (j.g.) William D. Hodges, USNR, in command. The Galaxy was the only ship of the Navy to hold this name.

Service history

Galaxy was acquired for the express purpose of research in underwater sound. Based at East Boston throughout her entire career, as a unit of the 1st Naval District, she completed a variety of assignments for the Underwater Sound Laboratory, Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut; experimental underwater sound work for the Bureau of Ships and the Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory. These operations were carried out at Boston and off New London; and for a brief time off the Delaware breakwaters and in the Chesapeake Bay.

She was decommissioned and was placed "in service" on 2 August 1945, to continue her experimental assignments until placed out of service at Boston on 25 March 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy List on 1 May 1946 and she was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 20 May 1946 for disposal.


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

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