USS Dorchester

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Dorchester-APB-46

Dorchester

Counties in Maryland and South Carolina.

The first Dorchester, sailing vessel, served in the 5th Naval District during 1917-18.

II
(APB-46: dp. 2,189; 1. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 11'2"; s. 10 k.;
cpl. 123; a. 8 40 mm.; cl. Benewah)

The second Dorchester (APB-46) was launched 12 April 1946 by Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, Ind. sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Walsh; and commissioned 15 June 1946, Lieutenant W. T. Roberts, Jr., USNR, in command.

Sailing from New Orleans 6 August 1946, Dorchester embarked troops at Pearl Harbor, then sailed to deliver cargo and receive more passengers at Eniwetok and Guam as she made her passage to Japan. On 16 October she reported for service as barracks ship at Wakayama and at Kobe from 11 February 1946 to 4 March. Dorchester then sailed for San Francisco arriving 9 April. She was placed out of commission in reserve at Vancouver, Wash., 16 October 1946.