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USS Pontiac (AF-20)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Pontiac Class Stores Ship:
Built in 1937 at Nakskov Skibs. A/C, Nakskov, Denmark
Operated as SS Australian Reefer by J. Lauretzen, Esbjerg, Denmark
Taken over by the US Maritime Commission, during the summer of 1941
Renamed SS Pontiac and operated by US Lines
Acquired by the Navy, 11 May 1942
Commissioned USS Pontiac (AF-20), 12 May 1942
Lost due to sinking off MacNab Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 30 January 1945
Raised, 17 February 1945
Declared a constructive total loss, 13 April 1945
Decommissioned, 20 May 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, V.A for disposal, 20 May 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 2 June 1945
Requisitioned title from Danish owner, 12 July 1945, just compensation, $1,374, 255.86, paid to owner
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1945, to Patapsco Scrap Corp., for $33,669.00 (PDX-447)
Displacement 5,410 t.(fl)
Length 447' 10"
Draft 18 11"
Speed 15.5 kts.
two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Propulsion system unknown
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||SS Australian Reefer under way, date and location unknown.
Photo courtesy J. Lauretzen from "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" by Roger W. Gordon
|USS Pontiac AF-20)
Pontiac or Obwandiyag (c. 1720 – April 20, 1769) was an Odawa war chief who became noted for his role in Pontiac's War (1763–1766), an American Indian
struggle against British military occupation of the Great Lakes region and named for him. It followed the British victory in the French and Indian War, the North
American front of the Seven Years' War. Pontiac's importance has been debated in the war that bears his name. Nineteenth-century accounts portrayed him as the
mastermind and leader of the revolt, but some subsequent scholars argued that his role had been exaggerated. Historians today generally view him as an important local
leader who influenced a wider movement that he did not command.
||USS Pontiac (AF-20) under way, 9 June 1942, location unknown. She is painted in camouflage scheme 12(modified).
US Navy photo
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Pontiac (AF-20) under way off Norfolk, VA., 16 March 1944, photographed by a blimp from NAS Weeksville, N. C.
US National Archives (RG-80-G), Photo No. 80-G-222617 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Pontiac (AF-20) under way off Boston, MA., 21 August 1944, photographed by a blimp from NAS South Weymouth, MA.
US National Archives (RG-19-LCM), Photo No. 80-G-245493 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Pontiac (AF-20) being guided by tugs in Halifax harbor, Nova Scotia just after 17 February 1945.
Pontiac sunk in shallow water after being damaged by her own paravane, 30 January 1945 and subsequently raised.
br>From the Nova Scotia Archives, HB Jefferson collection. For educational and non commercial use.
USS Pontiac (AF-20)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Woodward, Douglas Castleberry, USNR||12 May 1942 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Taylor III, James Davis USN (25)||7 April 1943 - ?|
|03||CDR. Fife, William Wallace USN (20)||18 May 1944 - 30 January 1945|
| ||Sunk||30 January 1945 - 17 February 1945|
|04||LT. Casey, Alexander M. USNR||1 March 1945 - 20 May 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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