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USS Beaverhead (AK-161)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 15 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2106) at Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, No. 4 Yard, Richmond CA.
Launched, 2 September 1944
Acquired by the US Navy 3 January 1945,
Commissioned USS Beaverhead (AK-161), 3 January 1945, LCDR. Olin F. Weymouth, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Beaverhead was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 8 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 March 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission, 28 March 1947, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's, Amsterdam, reflagged Dutch, renamed MV Hera
Sold in 1963, renamed MV Omar Express
Converted in 1967 by Avondale Shipyards, Avondale, LA. to a self-unloading cement carrier, renamed MV Cementos Ponce
Renamed MV Vanessa in 1976
Final Disposition, scrapped at Veracruz, Mexico between 1982 and 1984
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 Beaverhead (AK-161) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||Ex-USS Beaverhead (AK-161) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hera, enroute to Bremen, Germany, on the Weser River, May 1961. While under the Dutch flag MV Hera operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||MV Hera underway circa 1960 in Northern European waters.
USS Beaverhead (AK-161)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Weymouth, Olin Franklin, USNR||3 January 1945 - 8 March 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
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Last Updated 29 August 2014
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