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USS Rutilicus (AK-113)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Tango - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 2 April 1943, as SS Andrew Rowan, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1643), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 26 April 1943
Delivered to Waterman Steamship Co., 8 May 1943, for operation
Acquired by the US Navy, 9 October 1943
Commissioned, USS Rutilicus (AK-113), 30 October 1943, at San Diego, CA., LCDR. Hans O. Matthieson USNR in command
During WWII USS Rutilicus was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 3 to 8 February 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 20 October 1944
Following World War II USS Rutilicus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 14 October 1945
Decommissioned, 17 December 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 18 December 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., name reverted to SS Andrew Rowan
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971, to Hierros Ardes, S.A., of Balbao, Spain, delivered, 23 November 1971
USS Rutilicus earned two battle stars for World War II service
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 442,558 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 Joshua-Hendy vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Western Pipe and Steel 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 Rutilicus (AK-113) moored, probably while undergoing conversion for Naval Service in October 1943 at San Diego. Her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 11F.
US Navy photo
||USS Rutilicus (AK-113) moored, at a San Francisco shipyard, 13 October 1944. Note USS Mifflin (APA-205) moored on the a joining pier.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 2861-44-38.
USS Rutilicus (AK-113)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Matthieson, Hans Olaf USNR||30 October 1943 - 29 September 1945|
|02||LCDR. Swenson, Caydar Edwin USN||29 September 1945 - 17 December 1945|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 14 March 2014
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