< Shikellamy AO-90

Shikellamy AO-90


(AO-90: dp. 10,800; 1. 391'6"; b. 53', dr. 23'11"
s. 9.5 k.; cpl. 62; a. 1 5", 4 40mm.; cl. Shikellamy)

Shikellamy (AO-90) was the former merchant tanker SS Daniel Pierce, owned and operated by the Sinclair Refining Co., New York. She was acquired by the Navy through the War Shipping Administration on 26 March 1943, on a bare-boat basis. The tanker was converted for Navy use by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla. and placed in commission as Shikellamy (AO-90) on 11 April 1943, Comdr. J. W. Smith in command.

Shikellamy sailed for Balboa, C.Z., and remained in drydock there from 21 June to 15 July. Her classification was also changed on 15 July from AO-90 to AOC 47. She passed back through the canal on 22 July to test her steering. Two days later, she retransited the canal and sailed directly to Sydney, Australia, arriving on 28 August.

She joined a convoy on 11 September and steamed to Brisbane. Shikellamy delivered oil and cargo from Brisbane to Port Moresby, New Guinea, in October and November. She returned to Brisbane for voyage repairs on 28 November 1943 and cleared that port on 2 January 1944 to replenish fleet units at Port Moresby and Milne Bay. The oiler made four more replenishment voyages to New Guinea in the following months. On 12 April, the oiler changed her base of operations to the New Guinea area. She operated there until 22 November when she sailed for San Pedro Bay, Leyte, P.I.

Shikellamy returned to Humboldt Bay on 10 December and, nine days later, sailed for San Pedro again to base her operations there. The oiler operated in the Philippine Islands from 28 November 1944 until October 1945 when she sailed for New Orleans, via the Panama Canal, for disposal.

Shikellamy was decommissioned at New Orleans on 17 January 1946, struck from the Navy list on 7 February and returned by the War Shipping Administration to her original owner.