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Career (USA) Name: USS Midway Namesake: the Battle of Midway Owner: Alaska Transportation Company, Seattle, Washington Builder: Todd Shipyards Corporation, Brooklyn, New York Laid down: date unknown Completed: in 1921 Acquired: by the Navy on bareboat charter Commissioned: 10 April 1942 as USS Midway (AG-41) at Puget Sound Navy Yard Decommissioned: 24 May 1946 Renamed: Tyee in 1939; USS Panay (AG-41), 3 April 1943 Struck: date unknown Fate: returned to her owner at war's end General characteristics Type: commercial cargo ship Displacement: 1,622 tons Tons burthen: 2,250 tons Length: 238' 8" Beam: 33' 8" Draft: 16' 9" Propulsion: unknown, single propeller Speed: 11.5 knots Troops: 300 Complement: 86 officers and enlisted Armament: one single 3"/50 gun mount USS Midway (AG-41) – also known as USS Panay (AG-41) -- was a commercial cargo ship leased by the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was used by the Navy as a cargo ship and as a troop transport in the North Pacific Ocean. She was returned to her owner at war’s end. Contents 1 Constructed in Brooklyn 2 World War II service 3 Renamed Panay 4 Post-war decommissioning 5 References // Constructed in Brooklyn The first ship to be named Midway by the Navy, she was built in 1921 as Oritani by Todd Shipyards Corporation, Brooklyn, New York, and renamed Tyee in 1939; was acquired by the Navy on a bareboat charter through the War Shipping Administration (WSA) from Alaska Transportation Company, Seattle, Washington; and commissioned at Puget Sound Navy Yard 10 April 1942. World War II service Classified as general auxiliary, Midway operated along the Pacific coast between ports of the Northwestern United States and American bases in Alaska and the Aleutians. In January 1943 she steamed to Pearl Harbor and shuttled troops, provisions and equipment between the islands of the central Pacific. Renamed Panay Renamed Panay 3 April 1943 to allow the name to be used for a new aircraft carrier, she resumed the Alaskan run in the summer and continued this vital service to military and naval units in the far north through the end of the war. Post-war decommissioning Panay was decommissioned 24 May 1946 and was returned to her owner. References This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. - NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AG-41 Midway / Panay