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USS Merak (AF-21)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Sierra
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
Mizar Class Stores Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as the Passenger Liner SS Veragua at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA., for United Fruit Co.
Delivered to United Fruit Co, 5 August 1932
Acquired by the US Navy, 20 March 1942
Converted for Naval service at Todd Galveston Dry Dock Co., Galveston, TX.
Commissioned USS Merak (AF-21), 8 May 1942, at Galveston, CDR. Lawrence E. Divoll USN in command
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at New York, N.Y.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Returned to United Fruit Co., 21 June 1946, name reverted to SS Veragua
Sold in December 1958 to Elder & Fyffes
Renamed SS Sinaloa, 2 October 1964
Final Disposition, scrapped at Ghent, Belgium in March 1965
Displacement 7,068 t.(lt) 14,875 t.(fl)
Length 447' 10"
Draft 24' 6"
Speed 19 kts. (max)
Cargo Capacity 2,030 DWT
refrigerated 147,180 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
three single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,900 Bbls
two General Electric turbo-electric engines
three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 350psi 366°
three turbo-drive 500Kw 240 V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 11,000shp
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||USS Merak (AF-21) underway, date and location unknown.
||The 100th Infantry Division web site.
||USS Merak (AF-21) underway, 23 June 1943, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Merak (AF-21) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 September 1944. The two single 3"/50 guns on deck forward have been replaced by
a single 3"/50 on a raised platform.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-73129, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US
National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Ex-USS Merak (AF-21) in commercial service as Elder & Fyffes' SS Sinaloa, underway off Avonmouth, United Kingdom, December 1962.
Photo from the Malcolm Cranfield Collection.
USS Merak (AF-21)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Divoll, Lawrence Eliott USN (21-b)||8 May 1942 - 29 May 1942|
|02||CDR. Beattie, Thomas Tylor USN (22)||29 May 1942 - 13 June 1943|
|03||LCDR. Cawthon, Joyce Clyde USN (22)||13 June 1943 - ?|
|04||LCDR. Turpin, Edward Allen USNR||2 September 1944 - ?|
|05||LCDR. Ferrell, Frank Patten USNR||25 June 1945 - 5 January 1946|
|06||LCDR. Mangels, Merritt USNR||5 January 1946 - 21 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 1 September 2017
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