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USS Boreas (AF-8)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Arctic Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1919 as SS Yaquina at Moore Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA. for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Renamed Boreas, 29 October 1921
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 6 December 1921
  • Laid up in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard until 1940
  • Commissioned in ordinary, 6 August 1940
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd-Robbins Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Placed in full commission as USS Boreas (AF-8), 24 March 1941, CDR. George M. O'Rear in command
  • During World War II USS Boreas was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Boreas was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 October to 18 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 February 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in 1946 for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 November 1947, to Patapsco Steel Scrap Co., Bethlehem, PA
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,654 t.(lt) 11,570 t.(fl)
    Length 416' 6"
    Beam 53'
    Draft 26' 5"
    Speed 11 kts
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Complement
    10 officers
    228 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    non-refrigerated 45,000 Cu ft
    refrigerated 226,000 Cu ft
    Armament
    two single 5"/51 surface gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 10,585 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric Curtiss type turbine
    two Normand boilers, 250psi Sat°
    double General Electric Main Reductions Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 70Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Boreas 90k Broadside view of USS Boreas (AF-8) underway soon after commissioning. Major modifications included installation of two single 5"/51 guns, one at the bow and one at the stern, and four single 3"/50 guns at the corners of the amidships superstructure. The boat deck amidships was also enclosed, distinguishing her from her sisters.
    US National Archives, RG-19-NS Box 2, Photo No. 19-N-23753, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Boreas 100k USS Boreas (AF-8) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 10 October 1941. Shipyard modifications included splinter protection bulwarks around her 5"/51 guns.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. Unknown, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Boreas 47k Broadside view of USSBoreas (AF-8) off Mare Island, 6 June 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 8 4161-43, dated 6/6/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Boreas 143k Forward plan view of USS Boreas (AF-8) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 6 June 1943. The floating crane is YD-33 and the cruiser on the opposite pier is USS Minneapolis (CA 36).
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 8 4174-43, dated 6/6/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Boreas 120k Aft plan view of USS Boreas (AF-8) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 6 June 1943. The floating crane is YD-33 and the cruiser on the opposite pier is USS Minneapolis (CA 36).
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 8 4176-43, dated 6/6/43.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Boreas (AF-8)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McFadden, George24 April 1841 - 1942
    02CDR. Davis, Ransom Kirby :RADM1942 - 1943
    03CDR. Burgess, Elwood Eclair1943 - 1944
    04CDR.Taylor, Cyril Echard.1944 - 1945
    05LCDR. Dennis, B. G.1945 - 15 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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