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USS Lyra (AK-101)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Mike - Kilo
NBMK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 April 1943, as SS Cyrus Hamlin, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1555) at Permanente Metal Corp., Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 28 May 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 10 June 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at General Engineering & Drydock Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Lyra (AK-101), 22 July 1943, LCDR. James H. Henderson in command
  • During World War II USS Lyra was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 8 May 1946, for disposal, name reverted to SS Cyrus Hamlin
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission for mercantile service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1947 to A. G. Pappadakis of Piraeus Greece, renamed SS Virginia
    Sold in 1951 to Freighters & Tankers Agency Corp, New York, name retained
    Sold in 1953 to J. J. Culucundis, Piraeus and Freighters & Tankers Agency Corp, New York, name retained.
    Sold in 1954 to J. J. Culucundis, Piraeus and A G Pappadakis & Co Ltd, London, name retained.
    Sold in 1964 to Amedeo - Marfrontera Cia Nav. SA, Panama RP - Greek flag, (managed Carpanayoti & Co Ltd, London)
    Final Disposition, sold to Taiwan breakers, arrived Kaohsiung 3 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 19
    Enlisted 236
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 380,209 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 and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    USS Lyra (AK-101)
    Lyra 74k USS Lyra (AK-101) (aft plan view) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., San Francisco, CA., 12 June 1943 before being converted for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4326-43, 6/12/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 66k USS Lyra (AK-101) (forward plan view) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., San Francisco, CA., 12 June 1943 before being converted for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4327-43, 6/12/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 84k USS Lyra (AK-101) (aft plan view) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., San Francisco, CA., 28 July 1943 after conversion for Naval Service. Circled items are alterations made to make Lyra suitable for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5438-43, 7/28/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 110k USS Lyra (AK-101) (amidship and aft plan view) moored pierside at General Engineering & Drydock Co., San Francisco, CA., 28 July 1943 after conversion for Naval Service.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5441-43, 7/28/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 69k USS Lyra (AK-101) (stern view) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 4 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5667-43, 8/4/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 74k USS Lyra (AK-101) (broadside view) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 4 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5669-43, 8/4/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 76k USS Lyra (AK-101) (bows on view) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 4 August 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5671-43, 8/4/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 94k USS Lyra (AK-101) (stern view) off San Francisco, 11 December 1943
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8226-43, 11/124/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Lyra 72k USS Lyra (AK-101) (bows on view) off San Francisco, 11 December 1943
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8230-43, 11/124/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Merchant Service
    Lyra 53k Ex-Lyra (AK-101) in merchant service as the Greek flagged SS Virginia underway, date unknown. David Nixon

    USS Lyra (AK-101)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Henderson, James Hugh22 July 1943 - 4 March 1944
    02LCDR. Baker, Harry Borden4 March 1944 - 3 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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