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USS Propus (AK-132)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Tango
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, 31 January 1944, as SS Frederick Tresca a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2471), at St. Johns River Shipbuilding Corp., Jacksonville, FL.
Launched, 29 March 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 10 April 1944
Converted for Naval service at Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock Co., Jacksonville, FL.
Commissioned, USS Propus (AK-132), 22 June 1944, LCDR. Harvey A. Seeley in command.
During World War II USS Propus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 20 November 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 21 November 1945, for disposal, name reverted to SS Frederick Tresca
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Sold for commercial service by the Maritime Commission, 17 March 1947, to Nicolas G. Nicolaou, Athens, renamed SS Nicolaou Georgios, reflagged Greek
Abandoned, 24 May 1951 because of fire in the Red Sea while bound from Dairen to Trieste with a cargo of maize
Towed to Suez by SS Montelbello Hills, declared a total loss
Sold in 1951 to Achille Lauro, Naples, towed to Italy repaired and re-engined at Trieste 1952 with 3000bhp B. & W. Diesel built by Harland & Wolfe, Belfast in 1940, speed 11.5 kts, renamed SS Gabbiano, reflagged Italian
Final Disposition, sold to Italian breakers, arrived Spezia 12 September 1969
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 27' 7"
Speed 13 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 430,111 Cu ft
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,660 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one General Machinery vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
two recip-drive 60 Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Ex-USS Propus (AK-132) underway as the Achille Lauro company's SS Gabbiano, date and location unknown.
USS Propus (AK-132)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Seeley, Harvey A.||22 June 1944 - 10 October 1945|
|02||LT.(SC) Nelson, Carl Edward, USN (OinC Decom Crew)||10 October 1945 - 20 November 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 Database
Last Updated 11 July 2014
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