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USS Boreas (AF-8)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Lima - Mike
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
Displacement 4,654 t.(lt) 11,570 t.(fl)
Length 416' 6"
Draft 26' 5"
Speed 11 kts
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
non-refrigerated 45,000 Cu ft
refrigerated 226,000 Cu ft
one 5"/51 surface gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,585 Bbls
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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||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.
||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.
||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.
USS Boreas (AF-8)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. McFadden, George||24 April 1841 - 1942|
|02||CDR. Davis, Ransom Kirby :RADM||1942 - 1943|
|03||CDR. Burgess, Elwood Eclair||1943 - 1944|
|04||CDR.Taylor, Cyril Echard.||1944 - 1945|
|05||LCDR. 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
Last Updated 2 August 2013
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