- USS Canotia (AN-47)
USS "Canotia" (AN-47/YN-66) was an "Ailanthus"-class
net laying shipwhich served with the U.S. Navyin the South Pacific Oceantheatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home after the war bearing one battle starto her credit.
Constructed in Everett, Washington
"Canotia" (AN-47) was launched
4 July 1944by Everett-Pacific Co., Everett, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. F. Schmitz; commissioned 31 July 1944, Lieutenant Commander W. G. Holly, USNR, in command; and reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
World War II service
Pacific Ocean operations
San Francisco, California, 6 October 1944for Pearl Harborwhere she arrived 16 October. She provided target service to ships training at this great base until 5 February 1945, when she was outward bound for action waters.
Eniwetok 15 February, she reported for duty with the U.S. 5th Fleet, and sailed to Iwo Jima, where she had mooring and salvage duty from 28 Februaryto 12 April. The first portion of this duty came as bitter action raged ashore, and enemy air attacks still menaced American shipping.
After routine repairs at
Guam, "Canotia" arrived at Ulithi14 June to install and maintain nets. After the Japanese surrender, "Canotia" cruised the small islands of the western Caroline Islandssearching for American and Allied ex- prisoners of war, or Japanese soldiers.
She received the surrender of the garrison on
Lamotrek, and destroyed a Japanese supply dump on Olimarao. Between 23 Septemberand 1 October, she removed net defenses at Ulithi and Kossol Roads.
26 October, cleared for San Diego, California, where she was decommissioned 18 February 1946, and sold 21 April 1947.
Honors and awards
Canotia received one
battle starfor World War II service.
United States Navy
World War II
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/18/18047.htm NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YN-66 / AN-47 Canotia]
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