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Antigua (AF-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Xray
NBVX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Antigua Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1931-32, at Bethlehem Ship Building Corp, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed in 1932 and delivered to United Fruit Company for commercial operation
  • Acquired by the Maritime Commission from United Fruit Company, 26 December 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 28 December 1941
  • Designated Antigua (AF-17), never commissioned
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 May 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and returned to her owner, sometime before 26 May 1944
  • Sold in December 1957 to a Swedish Shipping Line, renamed SS Tortuga
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,892 t.
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 24' 7"
    Speed 16.5 kts
    Complement 114
    Cargo Capacity 2,300DWT
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    turbo-electric, single propeller

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    Antigua 84k SS Antigua in the service of United Fruit Co, docked at Wilmington, CA., date unknown. Bud Taylor for his father Rodney E. Taylor, Gunners Mate, US Navy Armed Guard Detachment, SS Antigua 1941- 1942-3
    Antigua 128k Antigua (AF-17) underway while operating with civilian crew, 27 November 1942, under allocation to the Navy for its exclusive use.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G. photo # 80-G-276591, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst

    Antigua (AF-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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