Kent (AP-28) was launched as Santa Teresa on November 1918 by William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa., for her owner, Grace Lines of New York. She operated as a passenger ship between California and the west coast of South America until sold in 1936 to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co., Baltimore, Md. Renamed Kent, she made passenger runs along the Atlantic Coast.
In April 1941 she was purchased by the Army, renamed Ernest Hinds, and converted to a troop transport. She was transferred to the Navy 21 July under her previous name of Kent at New York on 22 July. Departing New York, Kent sailed 16 August for Panama and arrived 23 August with military passengers and cargo. Six days later she cleared Coco Solo, C.Z., for New York and arrived 5 September. At New York when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Kent resumed transport duty along the Atlantic coast on 22 December. Before returning New York 11 February 1942, she visited Charleston, Bermuda, and New Orleans.
1942 - 1943
She was decommissioned at New York 24 March; turned over to the Army; and struck from the Navy List on 8 May 1943. She resumed service with the Army Transport Service as Ernest Hinds.
Ernest Hinds (US Army Transport)
Ernest Hinds (US Army Hospital Ship)
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