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Tantalus

 

A legendary king of Lydia condemned to stand in a pool of water up to his chin and beneath fruit-laden boughs only to have the water or fruit recede at each attempt to drink or eat.

 

(ARL-27: dp. 2,960; 1. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 14'1"; s. 11.6 k.; cpl. 253; a. 8 40mm.; cl. Achelous)

 

Tantalus (ARL-27) was laid down on 10 October 1944 at Seneca, 111., by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co.; launched on 2 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Angeline Colomone; and commissioned on 13 January 1945, Lt. Frank L. Guberlet in command.

 

Following her conversion into a landing craft repair ship at Jacksonville, Fla., by the Gibbs Engine Works, she conducted her shakedown cruise in the Hampton Roads area. Tantalus departed Davisville, R.I., and headed for the Panama Canal Zone. She arrived at Coco Solo on 29 July; was assigned to Service Forces, Pacific Fleet; and then was ordered to proceed via San Diego to Hawaii.

 

Tantalus stood out of San Diego on 14 August as whistles and sirens of the city proclaimed the Japanese surrender. She called at Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, and Guam before reaching San Pedro Bay, Leyte, on 11 October. She served there as tender and repair ship for landing craft until 28 March 1946 when she headed for China. Tantalus operated at Shanghai and Hankow until late July when she got underway for Okinawa. She remained in the Ryukyus from 5 August to 31 October when she began a return voyage to China. After calling at Tsingtao, the ship arrived at Shanghai on 22 December 1946.

 

Tantalus was decommissioned in China on 18 January 1947 and released to the Foreign Liquidation Commission for further transfer to the United Nations Relief, and Rehabilitation Administration for disposal. Tantalus was struck from the Navy list on 7 February 1947.