Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.
NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
USS Situla (AK-140)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 9 January 1943, as SS John Whiteaker, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1590), at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 7 February 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 2 December 1943
Converted for Naval service at Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA. and fitted out at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
Commissioned, USS Situla (AK-140), 14 January 1944, LCDR. Dewey F. Anderegg, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Situla was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following WWII USS Situla was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 2 September to 1 November 1945
Decommissioned, 23 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 December 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1948
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 March 1961 (PC-X-599) for $62,139.89 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 8 August 1961, Dismantled by Learner Corp. Oakland, CA., completed 28 September 1961
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 416,489 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
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 9,660 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one Iron Fireman vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
one propeller, 2,500shp
|Click On Image |
For Full Size Image
||USS Situla (AK-140) underway in San Francisco Bay, late 1945.
||Edward R. Middleton, S-1/c, USNR, Crew Member 1945-46
USS Situla (AK-140)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Anderegg, Dewey F.||14 January 1944 - 8 September 1944|
|02||LCDR. Higenbotham, LeRoy H.||8 September 1944 - 23 April 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 11 July 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|