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USS Arkab (AK-130)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Authorized by the Maritime Commission as SS Warren Stone a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull
Renamed Arkab, 1 December 1943
Laid down, 4 December 1943, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2449) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 22 January 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 21 February 1944
Commissioned, USS Arkab (AK-130), 21 February 1944 for transit to her conversion yard, CDR. Charles D. Schultz, USNR in command (Ferry Crew # 7)
Decommissioned, 25 February 1944, at Mobile AL,
Converted for Naval service at Alabama Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Mobile, AL.
Recommissioned, 15 May 1944, CDR. Firman F. Knachel in command
During World War II USS Arkab was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 2 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 September 1971, to N. V. Intershitra, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 8 October 1971
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 408,604 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
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,960 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one Iron Fireman vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Vogt header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
two recip-drive 60 Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Arkab (AK-130) under way, date and location unknown. Her camouflage is Measure 33 Design 9D.
US Navy photo.
USS Arkab (AK-130)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||CDR. Schultz, Charles D. USNR (Ferry Crew # 7)||21 February 1944 - 25 February 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||25 February 1944 - 15 May 1944|
|01||CDR. Knachel, Firman Fillmore||15 May 1944 - 2 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 14 August 2015
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