Return to DANFS IndexImage of an anchorReturn to Naval Historical Center homepage
flag banner
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships banner
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Triana

 

Rodrigo de Triana was the lookout in Pinta who first sighted land on 12 October 1492 during Columbus' first voyage to the New World. Although no documentary evidence has been found linking the ship and the man, Triana was probably named for the discoverer of America.

 

II

 

(IX-223: dp. 14,230; 1. 441'6"; b. 56'11"; dr. 27'9"; s. 12.0 k. (tl.); cpl. 98; a. 2 3"; cl. Triana; T. EC2-S-C1)

 

The second Triana (IX-223) was laid down on 27 December 1943 under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2559) as Elinor Wylie at Los Angeles, Calif., by the California Shipbuilding Corp. for the McCormick Steamship Lines; launched on 24 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William O'Brien; renamed Triana on 21 May 1945; acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration on a "bare-boat" basis on 24 May 1945; and commissioned at Pearl Harbor the same day, Lt. Wyman W. Hodgkins, USNR, in command.

 

The ship had been severely damaged by an underwater explosion in 1944 and was not considered seaworthy when fully loaded. Nevertheless, during the period 24 May to 29 July, she was patched up, strengthened, and converted into a floating storage ship by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard.

 

On 30 July, Triana got underway for the Marshall Islands and arrived at Eniwetok on 11 August. One of her holds was consigned to fleet freight, and the remaining cargo space was utilized for drum storage. On 24 September, after the vessel had taken on some 4,500 tons of cargo, her number 2 hold began leaking, and further loading operations were cancelled. The leaks were temporarily stopped, and the ship continued to receive and discharge fleet freight and drum lubricating oil until 30 November.

 

On 1 December, Triana got underway for Guam to unload 8,896 drums of lubricating oil. She arrived at Apra Harbor on the 5th and departed for the United States on 24 December 1945. The cargo ship arrived at San Francisco on 15 January 1946 to prepare for in-activation. Triana was decommissioned and returned to the War Shipping Administration on 21 February 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 12 March 1946.