USS Sea Otter II (IX-53)

USS Sea Otter II was a ship of the United States Navy during World War II. Launched on 23 August 1941 by the Levingston Shipbuilding in Orange, Texas., sponsored by Mrs. Eads Johnson, wife of the designer, she was acquired by the US Navy on 26 September 1941 and placed in service on 26 October 1941.

History
Name: USS Sea Otter II
Builder: Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, Texas
Launched: 23 August 1941
Sponsored by: Mrs. Eads Johnson
Acquired: 26 September 1941
Commissioned: 26 October 1941
Decommissioned: 28 May 1942
Struck: 8 May 1946
Fate: Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 26 June 1942
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,941 long tons (1,972 t)
Length: 254 ft (77 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Draft: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
Complement: 15

Service history

Sea Otter II proceeded to the Charleston Navy Yard on 26 October 1941, arriving on 2 November. After completion of voyage repairs, Sea Otter II got underway for sea trials on 4 November.

Constructed during the height of enemy submarine attacks along the Atlantic coast, Sea Otter II was designed to allow torpedoes to pass beneath her shallow draft. The draft, however, proved to be almost twice the amount expected, and her 16 unmuffled gasoline engines would be noisy enough to alert any submarine in the area.

Consequently, Sea Otter II, like her predecessor, the 80-foot shallow draft Sea Otter I (IX-51), was destined for little use. She remained at Charleston until being placed out of service on 28 May 1942. On 26 June, she was transferred to the War Shipping Administration, subsequently transferred to Cargoes Incorporated, and struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946.

Sources

List of auxiliaries of the United States Navy

This is a list of auxiliaries of the United States Navy. It covers the various types of ships that support the frontline combat vessels of the United States Navy.

See also:

United States Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

United States Naval Auxiliary Air Station

Auxiliary cruisers which are, despite their name, a type of warship (cruisers), not auxiliaries.

Military Sealift Command

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Sea Otter Cove, a remote place near the north-western end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada

Sea Otter Rocks, rocks of the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea

Supermarine Sea Otter, a British flying boat of the late 1930s and 1940s

USS Sea Otter (SP-781), a United States Navy patrol boat in commission from 1917 to 1919

USS Sea Otter I (IX-51), a United States Navy experimental auxiliary ship in commission from July to November 1941

USS Sea Otter II (IX-53), a United States Navy experimental auxiliary ship in commission from 1941 to 1942

USS Sea Otter

USS Sea Otter may refer to various United States Navy ships:

USS Sea Otter (SP-781), a patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919

USS Sea Otter I (IX-51), an experimental auxiliary ship in commission from July to November 1941

USS Sea Otter II (IX-53), an experimental auxiliary ship in commission from 1941 to 1942

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