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USS Aquila (AK-47)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Zulu - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A" device)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down in 1936 as MV Tunis at Heslinger Shipbuilding Co., Copenhagen, Denmark
Launched in 1936
Laid up at New York in April 1940
Taken over by the Maritime Commission, 21 July 1941, by Executive Order, dated 6 June 1941, from her owners, A/S Helsingors Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri, Helsingor
Chartered to Marine Operating Co, Inc., renamed MV Aquila, Panama flagged, 21 July 1941.
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 11 August 1941, at New York
Commissioned, USS Aquila (AK-47), 24 October 1941, LCDR. Samuel S. Fried in command
Decommissioned, 9 October 1945, at Norfolk, VA. and returned to the Maritime Service the same day for disposal
Stuck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
Charter by Alcoa Steam Ship Co., at Portsmouth, VA., 9 October 1945, renamed MV Bonanza
Returned to her owners DFDS, Denmark, 25 June 1946 in accordance with Public Law 101, renamed MV Tunis
Sold in 1966, renamed MV Maria T
Sold in 1972, renamed MV Mathios
Final Disposition, scrapped in Greece in 1978
Displacement2,054 t.(lt) 4,075 t.(fl)
Length 288' 1"
Beam 40' 6"
Draft 18' 4"
Largest Boom Capacity 6 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,650 DWT
non-refrigerated 111,141 Cu ft.
refrigerated 6,975 Cu ft.
two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns
Diesel 1,555 Bbls
one Burmeister & Wain Diesel engine
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 120Kw 220V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 2,400shp
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||The Danish cargo ship SS Tunis laid up at New York, probably in mid-1941 soon before her conversion to
USS Aquila (AK-47).
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-25115 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of
the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
US Navy photo # NH 92646
||Aquila (AK-47) underway off Boston, 4 August 1942.US Navy photos
||Aquila (AK-47) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 28 June 1943, after overhaul. The radar mast was added during this
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-51947, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||Ex-Aquila (AK-47) underway for DFDS, Denmark as SS Tunis
||SS Tunis at anchor in the Thames River just below London Bridge, date unknown.
USS Aquila (AK-47)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Fried, Samuel Stark||24 October 1941 - 1 August 1943|
|02||LCDR. Peterson, Carl Albert ||1 August 1942 - 17 September 1942|
|03||LCDR. Melville, Stanley Edward||17 September 1943 - 1 May 1944|
|04||LT. Rearden Jr., William Benedict, USNR||1 May 1944 - 11 April 1945|
|05||LCDR. Woodside Jr., Albion B., USNR ||11 April 1945 - 1 September 1945|
|06||LT. Wallace, Craig||1 September 1945 - 9 October 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 4 April 2014
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