USS Haven (AH-12)

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USS Haven.jpg
Name USS Haven (AH-12)
Builder/Built 1944 Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Chester, Pennsylvania
Type Hospital ship
Displacement 11,141 tons
Speed 17.5 knots


Originally built as the SS Marine Hawk, she was converted to hospital ship. On 11 Aug 1945, just prior to the Japanese surrender, Haven sailed to Okinawa and Nagasaki. She arrived off the destroyed Japanese city on 11 Sep 1945 and brought on board a group of allied ex-prisoners of war, some of them suffering from the effects of the atomic blast.

She later served during the Korean War as a hospital ship, and finished her career as a floating Hospital in Long Beach, California. De-commissioned 30 Jun 1957.

It appears that she was then sold and converted to being a chemical carrier before being scrapped in 1987.

Soldiers carried

Nagasaki to Okinawa 13 - 20 September 1945