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USS Antrim (AK-159)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - November
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 - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 18 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2104), at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 17 July 1944
Commissioned USS Antrim (AK-159), 31 October 1944, LT. Glen Martin, USNR, in command
During World War II Antrim was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 3 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 6 April 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Sold, 13 January 1947, for $693,862, to Dickman, Wright & Pugh, San Francisco, Ca., agents for buyer. Delivered, 14 February 1947 to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed SS Kars
SS Kars with her sister ships MV Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)], MV Kastamonu [ex-USS Craighead (AK-175]. and MV Rize [ex-USS Hidalgo (AK-189) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years.
Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1983 at Aliaga, Turkey
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 8"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,750shp
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||USS Antrim (AK-159) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Wanda Chapman Vestal for her father Leonard Chapman USS Antrim
||Ex-USS Antrim (AK-159) in merchant service as the Turkish flagged MV Kars, underway, date and location unknown.
Photo ©Alex Duncan (deceased).
USS Antrim (AK-159)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Martin, Glen USNR||31 October 1944 - 3 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 11 July 2014
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