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USS Albireo (AK-90)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Delta
NKGD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Albireo (AK-90) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS John G. Nicolay, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 525), at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 25 February 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 March 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Albireo (AK-90), 29 March 1943, at San Francisco, LCDR. Edward M. Benton, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Albireo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Albireo was assigned to Occupation service from 3 November 1945 to 25 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 5 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal, name reverted to SS John G. Nicolay
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • Merchant History
    Sold in August 1947, to Southern Steamships (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg - renamed SS President Steyn, re-flagged South African
    Sold in 1949 to Northern Steamships (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg
    Sold in 1951 to Cia Nav Hidalgo SA, Panama RP, renamed SS Hidalgo, re-flagged Liberian
    Sold in 1954 to Blue Bay SS Corp., renamed SS Ocean Sailor, flagged Liberian
    Final Disposition, sold to Japanese breakers, arrived Kure 10 April 1967

    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 412,211 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Albireo 82k Broadside view of USS Albireo (AK-90) moored at the Matson Navigation Co., piers in San Francisco, CA. for conversion to Naval service, 30 March 1943.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2129-3-43, 3/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Albireo 82k Forward plan view of USS Albireo (AK-90) moored at the Matson Navigation Co., piers in San Francisco, CA. for conversion to Naval service, 30 March 1943.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2130-3-43, 3/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Albireo 90k Broadside view of USS Albireo (AK-90) off San Francisco, CA., 30 March 1943.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2157-3-43, 3/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Albireo 72k Bow on view of USS Albireo (AK-90) off San Francisco, CA., 30 March 1943.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2160-3-43, 3/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Merchant Service
    Albireo 53k Ex-Albireo (AK-90) in merchant service as the Liberian flagged SS Hidalgo underway, circa 1951-54. David Nixon

    USS Albireo (AK-90)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Benton, Edward M. USCG29 March 1943 - September 1944
    02CDR. Manzano, C. L. USCGSeptember 1944 - ?
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Albireo
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