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USS Uranus (AF-14)
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
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
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"
Speed 11.5 kts (trial)
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
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) 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
||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
|Robert Hurst and Mike Green
||Ex-Uranus (AF-14) at the breakers yard, Sveti Kajo, Split, Yugoslavia in 1968
USS Uranus (AF-14)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Hewitt, Orrin Russell||27 October 1941 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Hackett, Emmos Jackson, USNR||30 October 1943 - ?|
|03||LT. Presper, Stewart Herman, USNR||11 April 1945|
|04||LT. Anderson, Alexander Francis, USNR||1 July 1945 - 8 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
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