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USS Albireo (AK-90)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Delta
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
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
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
non-refrigerated 412,211 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
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
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
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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||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Ex-Albireo (AK-90) in merchant service as the Liberian flagged SS Hidalgo underway, circa 1951-54.
USS Albireo (AK-90)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Benton, Edward M. USCG||29 March 1943 - September 1944|
|02||CDR. Manzano, C. L. USCG||September 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
Last Updated 6 September 2013
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