A small American tree having two seeded winged fruits which have been used in place of hops.
(AN-62: displacement 1,100; length 194'6"; beam 37'; draft 13'6"; speed 12 knots; complement 56; armament 1 3-inch gun; class Ailanthus)
Hoptree (AN-62), a wooden-hulled net layer, was launched on 14 October 1943 by Snow Shipyards Inc., Rockland, Maine, as YN-83; sponsored by Lt. Ann Jameson; reclassifled AN-62, on 20 January 1944; and commissioned on 18 May 1944, Lt. Cdr. Theodore A. Ingham in command.
Arriving at the Melville Net Depot for shakedown on 31 May 1944, Hoptree performed training and readiness operations until 27 June, when she joined the Net Layer Precommissioning and Training Group at Melville. She then departed on 2 December for the West Coast and sailed on 3 February 1945 from the Naval Net Depot, Tiburon, Calif., for duty in the Pacific.
Hoptree arrived Pearl Harbor on 13 February 1945 and was routed on to Eniwetok Atoll, where she arrived the 28th. From March through the end of the war the ship was engaged in the vital work of maintaining and repairing net defenses in the harbor, and after August she was occupied in dismantling them. She sailed back to the United States in November 1945, arriving at San Francisco on 8 November.
Decommissioned on 1 March 1946, deemed surplus to Navy needs, and made available for disposal, Hoptree was stricken from the List of Naval Vessels on 20 March 1946. She was delivered to her purchaser, Van Camp Sea Food Co., San Pedro, Calif., on 23 April 1947. She operated on mercantile service until scrapped in 1954.
Updated and corrected, Robert J. Cressman, December 2007