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Demeter
(ARB-10: dp. 1,781; l. 328'; b. 60'; dr. 11'2"; s. 12 k.; cpl. 260; a. 13"; cl. Aristaeus)

The Greek goddess of agriculture.

LST-1121 was launched 19 January 1945 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, 111.; sponsored by Mrs. W. B. Wynn; placed in partial commission 31 January1945 under the command of Lieutenant P. P. Wynn, USNR; sailed down the Mississippi on her way to Baltimore where she was decommissioned 2 March 1945 for conversion to battle damage repair ship; and commissioned as Demeter (ARB-10) 3 July 1945, Lieutenant E. V. Converse, USNR, in command.

Demeter called at San Diego from 1 to 6 September 1945 and arrived at Pearl Harbor ten days later. She embarked passengers for the United States and sailed 11 October for the east coast, arriving at Charleston, S.C., 11 November. She arrived at Green Cove Springs, Fla., 27 November, and was placed in service in reserve 27 May 1947 to provide services there to the reserve fleet group. Demeter was sold on 3 September 1959.