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Antigua (AF-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Xray
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 and delivered, 1 April 1932, to United Fruit Company
  • 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 the Swedish Salen Line, renamed SS Tortuga
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1964
    Displacement 6,893 t.
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 24' 7"
    Speed 16.5 kts
    Complement 114
    Cargo Capacity 2,300DWT
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    turbo-electric, single propeller

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    Pre-WWII Merchant Service United Fruit Lines
    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 1941-1943
    Antigua 291k Post card images of the United Fruit Co.'s Great White Fleet passenger/freighter SS Antigua at sea. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Antigua 418k
    Antigua (AF-17)
    Antigua 128k Antigua (AF-17) under way 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
    Robert Hurst
    Post WWII Merchant Service
    Antigua 256k Ex-Antigua (AF-17) in Swedish merchant service as the Salen Lines SS Tortuga, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    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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