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USS Giansar (AK-111)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Xray
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down. 27 December 1942, as SS Thomas Ewing a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 625) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 19 January 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 October 1943
Commissioned, USS Giansar (AK-111), 29 October 1943, LCDR. Claude J. King, USNR in command
Decommissioned, 28 November 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission the same day
Name reverted to SS Thomas Ewing, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Bethlehem Steel Corp, 31 July 1961, removed, 8 August 1861, scrapping completed, 24 April 1963, at Bethlehem Steel Corp, Sparrow Point
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
non-refrigerated 435,584 Cu ft.
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 Iron Fireman 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 Giansar (AK-111) (aft plan view) prior to conversion for Naval Service at San Francisco, 16 Oct. 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7171-43, 10/16/43.
||USS Giansar (AK-111) (forward plan view) prior to conversion for Naval Service at San Francisco, 16 Oct. 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7173-43, 10/16/43.
||USS Giansar (AK-111) (bow view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7535-43, 11/8/43.
||USS Giansar (AK-111) (stern view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7536-43, 11/8/43.
||USS Giansar (AK-111) (broadside view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7538-43, 11/8/43.
||USS Giansar (AK-111) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Janice Carroll for her uncle Robert Yost S2/c USNR USS YMS-54
USS Giansar (AK-111)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. King, Claude J. USNR||29 October 1943 - 28 November 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 13 June 2014
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