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Being the only ship in the US Navy that received this name, the USS Artisan, or ABSD-1, was an auxiliary floating dry-dock with 10 sections, without self-propulsion. It was built in sections for almost a year during 1942 and 1943 in Everett, Washington, in Eureka, California, in Stockton, California and in Morgan City, Louisiana. From the beginning it had a very unfortunate fate because one of the sections sunk during some assembly procedures, killing 13 men on board. By the end of 1944, it was a full 10-section dry-dock of 927 feet long and 28 feet tall, with an inside width of 133 feet and 7 inches, ready to begin the operations. Thus, it was laid down in 1942 and 1943 and commissioned on May 10, 1943, and served for 44 years before being decommissioned on March 1, 1987 and struck from the register the same day. Nonetheless, it was reinstated the same year in March, which led to its reclassification as it follows: section C to IX-525 in 1998 and section D to IX-521 in 1996.