From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Displacement 1781
Length 328'
Beam 50'
Draw 11'2"
Speed 11.6 k
Complement 260
Armament 1 3"
Class Aristaeus

Aristaeus (ARB-1) was laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard as LST - 89; reclassified ARB-1, 26 January 1943; launched l1 February 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur Taylor, and commissioned 18 May 1943, Lieutenant R. M. G. Swany, USNR, in command.

Aristaeus got underway for the Pacific during August 1943, arriving at Noumea, New Caledonia, 14 September. She remained in that area until July 1944 making emergency repairs to damaged vessels. From July 1944 to April 1945 she operated off New Guinea, north and east of Australia, and on 1 May 1945 she anchored off Kerama Retto, Okinawa. She remained at Okinawa until December and then returned to the west coast of the United States. Placed out of commission 10 January 1947, Aristaeus joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, Calif.

Aristaeus received one battle star for her participation in the Okinawa campaign.