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Saugus II (LSV-4)

(LSV-4: dp. 5,625; l. 451'4"; b. 60'3"; dr. 20'; s. 20.3 k.; cpl. 564; a. 2 5", 8 40mm.; cl. Catskill)

A town in Essex County, Massachusetts.


The second Saugus (LSV-4) was laid down on 27 July 1942 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss., as AN-4; reclassified AP-109 on 1 May 1943; launched on 4 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Rivers J. Carstarphen; reclassified LSV-4 on 21 April 1944; completed by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.; and commissioned on 22 February 1945, Capt. R. S. Bertschy in command.

After shakedown, Saugus loaded cargo at New Orleans and sailed on 30 March 1945 for Hawaii. En route, she spent 10 days at Balboa, Canal Zone, for turbine repairs and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 27 April. Between 4 May and 15 August, she made five round trips between the west coast and Hawaii with passengers and cargo. On 1 September, she sailed from Pearl Harbor with occupation troops for Japan, arriving at Sasebo on 22 September. She then made one voyage to Manila; returned to Sasebo; and reported for "Magic Carpet" duty on 20 October. After making two voyages returning troops home from the Philippines, the ship was released from "Magic Carpet" duty in December 1945 and arrived at San Diego for inactivation on 8 February 1946.

Saugus was decommissioned on 24 March 1947 but remained "in service, in reserve" until 17 October 1947. Her designation was changed to MCS-4 on 18 October 1956. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 July 1961 and transferred to the Maritime Administration's reserve fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif., where she remains into 1974.

Published: Wed Sep 02 15:38:58 EDT 2015