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Joseph Holt

 

A former name retained.

 

(Str: dp. 10,500; l. 441'6"; b. 56'11"; dr. 27'9"; s. 11 k.; cpl. 72; a. 1 4", 10 20mm.; T. EC2-S-C1)

 

Joseph Holt, a dry-cargo merchant ship, was launched by Kaiser Richmond Yard #2, Richmond, Calif., 20 November 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Louise C. Hotting; and delivered under General Agency Agreement 28 November to the Prudential Steamship Co., San Francisco, Calif. She was acquired by the Navy at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in late October 1945 and placed "in service," Lt. Comdr. E. R. Rifenburgh in command.

 

Joseph Holt departed Okinawa 7 November for southern Japan. Arriving Hiro Wan 10 November, she joined other "guinea-pig" ships especially outfitted for minesweeping operations in the Japanese Inland Sea. She cleared shipping channels of pressure mines laid down during the war by B-29's. She concluded these operations 1 January 1946 and sailed for the United States. Arriving San Francisco early in February, she was placed "out of service" and turned over to the Maritime Commission. She then joined the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Calif., where she remained until she was sold for scrap in 1960.