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USS Uranus (AF-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - Golf
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
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Uranus Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1933 as SS Helga by Helsingoors Shipbuilding Works, Elsinore, Denmark, for J. Lauritzen A/S, (JL), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Renamed SS Caravelle in 1938
  • Renamed SS Marie in 1940
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 11 August 1941
  • Converted for Naval service at Robbins Drydock Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Uranus (AF-14), 27 October 1941, at Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. Orrin R. Hewitt, in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 May 1946, for return to J. Lauritzen
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Returned to merchant service by J. Lauritzen as SS Maria Dan, re-flagged Danish, registered at Esbjerg, Denmark, engaged in carrying wood pulp from the Baltic to the United Kingdom until about 1959
    Sold to Chrisot M. Sarlis, Patras, Greece, in 1959, renamed SS Michael
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Sveti Kajo, Split, Yugoslavia in 1968
    Displacement 3,540 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 6"
    Beam 39' 6"
    Draft 16'
    Speed 11.5 kts (trial)
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,415 DWT
    refrigerated 112,500 Cu ft.
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,450 Bbls
    Diesel 310 Bbls
    one Helsingoors double vertical double expansion single exhaust reciprocating steam engine
    two Scotch boilers, 210psi, Sat.
    single Helsingoors Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,140shp

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    USS Uranus (AF-14)
    112k USS Uranus (AF-14) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, 11 December 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo #'s 19-N-60186 and 19-N-60188, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    80k USS Uranus (AF-14) at San Francisco, 19 September 1944
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-81361, 19-N-81363 and 19-N-81364, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst and Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Uranus 84k Ex-Uranus (AF-14) at the breakers yard, Sveti Kajo, Split, Yugoslavia in 1968 David Nixon

    USS Uranus (AF-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hewitt, Orrin Russell, USN27 October 1941 - June 1943
    02CDR. Burns, George Lewis, USNRJune 1943 - 30 October 1943
    03LCDR. Hackett, Emmos Jackson, USNR30 October 1943 - September 1944
    04LT. Presper, Stewart Herman, USNRSeptember 1944 - 1 July 1945
    05LT. Anderson, Alexander Francis, USNR1 July 1945 - December 1945
    06LTjg. Deane, Stephen R., USNRDecember 1945 - April 1946
    07ENS. Ehrenbard, R., USNRApril 1946 - 8 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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