VESSELS ACQUIRED FOR CONVERSION TO
AUXILIARIES, 1939 - 1940
The "Two-Ocean Navy" edition of Ships and Aircraft of the US Navy (James Fahey, ed.), lists merchant vessels acquired or in the process of being acquired by the Navy in
1939-1940 to be converted into fleet auxiliary vessels. Listed below are these ships, with their merchant and Navy names, Navy designations, and hull numbers. Some of this
info was gathered from other sources.
Name and Number

Seaplane Tenders
TANGIER (AV-8)
POCOMOKE (AV-9)

Submarine Tenders
GRIFFIN (AS-13)
PELIAS (AS-14)

Oilers
CIMARRON (AO-22)
NEOSHO (AO-23)
PLATTE (AO-24)
SABINE (AO-25)
SALAMONIE (AO-26)
KASKASKIA (AO-27)
SANGAMON (AO-28)  
SANTEE (AO-29)
CHEMUNG (AO-30)
CHENANGO (AO-31)
GUADALUPE (AO-32)
SUWANEE (AO-33)

Transports
HARRY LEE (AP-17)
NEVILLE (AP-16)
WILLIAM P BIDDLE (AP-15)
FULLER (AP-14)
GEORGE F ELLIOT (AP-13)
HEYWOOD (AP-12)
BARNETT (AP-11)
McCAWLEY (AP-10)
ZEILEN (AP-9)
HARRIS (AP-8)
WHARTON (AP-7)
WILLIAM WARD BURROWS (AP-6)


Ammunition Ships
KILAUEA (AE-4)
LASSEN (AE-3)

Store Ships
POLARIS (AF-11)
ALDEBARAN (AF-10)

Cargo Ships
POLLUX (AKS-2)
PROCYON (AK-19)
CASTOR (AKS-1)
ARCTURUS (AK-18)

Hospital Ship
SOLACE (AH-5)

Miscellaneous
BOWDITCH (AG-30)
KAULA (AG-33)
unnamed
unnamed

Submarine Chasers
PC454
PC455
PC456
PC457
PC458
PC459
PC460
PC509
PC510

Yachts
SYLPH (PY-12)
SIREN (PY-13)
ARGUS (PY-14)
ZIRCON (PY-16)
CORAL (PY-15)

Coastal Yachts
EMERALD (PYc-1)
AMETHYST (PYc-3)
SAPPHIRE (PYc-2)
ONYX (PYc-5)
AGATE (PYc-4)
JADE (PY-17)
AMBER (PYc-6)
unnamed
AQUAMARINE (PYc-7)

Gunboats
NIAGARA (PG-52)
VIXEN (PG-53)
ST. AUGUSTINE (PG-54)
JAMESTOWN (PG-55)
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Merchant Name


S. S. Sea Arrow    
S. S. Exchequer


S. S. Mormacpenn
S. S. Mormacyork


built for USN use
built for USN use
built for USN use
S. S. Esso Albany
S. S. Esso Columbia
S. S. Esso Richmond
S. S. Esso Trenton
S. S. Seakay
S. S. Esso Annapolis
S. S. Esso New Orleans
S. S. Esso Raleigh
S. S. Markay


S. S. Exochorda
S. S. City of Norfolk
S. S. City of San Francisco
S. S. City of Newport News
S. S. City of Los Angeles
S. S. City of Baltimore
M. S. Santa Maria
M. S. Santa Barbara
S. S. President Jackson
S. S. President Grant
S. S. Southern Cross
S. S. Santa Rita



M. S. Surprise
M. S. Shooting Star


M. S. Donald McKay
S. S. Stag Hound


S. S. Comet
M. S. Sweepstakes
S. S. Challenge
M. S. Mormachawk


S. S. Iroquois


M. S. Santa Inez
M. S. Cubahama
S. S. Dixie
S. S. Fred Morris


Arlis
Katoura
Onwego
Trouper
Evelyn R II
Entropy
Elda
Vara
Sybarita


Intrepid
Lotosland
Haida
Nakhoda
Yankee Clipper


Savitar
Samona II
Buccaneer
Pegasus
Stella Polaris
Doctor Brinkley
Polaris
Colleen
Seawolf


Hi-Esmaro
Orion
Noparo
Alder