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USS Crux (AK-115)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Tango - Juliet
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 September 1943, as SS Peter Stuyvesant, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1212) at St. John's River Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 16 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 27 November 1943
Commissioned, USS Crux (AK-115), 17 March 1944, CDR. Charles R. Beyer, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Crux was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 31 January 1946, delivered to the Maritime Commission for disposal the same day
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 November 1961, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., removed, 19 December 1961, scrapping completed, 13 August 1962, by Learner Corp.
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 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
non-refrigerated 417,330 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one General Machine vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Starboard bow view of Crux (AK-115), date and location unknown.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. NH 78556 Courtesy of Mr. James Russell.
||Ex-Crux (AK-115) moored, probably in a breakers yard, sometime after being returned to the Maritime Commission by the Navy in January 1946.
USS Crux (AK-115)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||CDR. Beyer, Charles Robert, USNR||17 March 1944 - 16 January 1945|
|02||LCDR. Paulsen, Paul Herman, USNR||16 January 1945 - 20 February 1945|
|03||LCDR. Steele, Allen Leason||20 February 1945 - 31 January 1946|
|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 Database
Last Updated 12 March 2021
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