USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6)

USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6)

USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6) on 6 July 1942. Her 3"/23 guns have been replaced with 3"/50 guns and the sponson in the forward well deck for the 50-foot motor launches has been removed. (Navy photo collection Photo No. 19-N-32040)
Name: USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6)
Namesake: Commandant William Ward Burrows, USMC (1758-1805)
Builder: Burmeister & Wain, Denmark
Launched: May 1929
Christened: Santa Rita
Acquired: 6 February 1940
Commissioned: 15 May 1940
Decommissioned: 16 May 1946
Renamed: USS William Ward Burrows
Struck: 15 August 1946
Honors and
Four battle stars for World War II service
Fate: Scrapped, 1957
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,450 long tons (8,590 t)
Length: 386 ft 2 in
Beam: 53 ft
Draft: 9 ft 6 in
Propulsion: 2 x steam turbines, twin propellers
Speed: 12.5 knots
Complement: 178
Armament: 4 x 3" guns
5 x .50 cal
4 x .30 cal machine guns

USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6) was a transport ship that saw service with the United States Navy in World War II.

Santa Rita - a twin-screw, steel-hulled, passenger and cargo motorship launched in May 1929 at Copenhagen, Denmark, by Burmeister and Wain - was built for the Grace Steamship Company, Inc., and operated between New York and ports in South America and on the west coast of the United States, carrying passengers and freight.

She was acquired by the Navy on 6 February 1940 and was commissioned "in ordinary" as transport William Ward Burrows (AP-6) on 9 February at Pier 5 of the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Converted to a troop transport at the Norfolk Navy Yard, William Ward Burrows was placed in full commission on 15 May 1940, Comdr. Ross A. Dierdorff in command.

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