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USS Blount (AK-163)
International Radio Call Sign:
November- Echo - Golf - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 7 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2108) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 19 October 1944
Commissioned, USS Blount (AK-163), 26 January 1945, LT. William H. Leverett, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Blount was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 18 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 24 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Sold for merchant service, 5 April 1948, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj', Amsterdam, renamed MV Hecuba, re-flagged Netherlands
Sold, date unknown,renamed MV Anna
Sold, date unknown, renamed MV Panes
Final Disposition, fate unknown after January 1975
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, 1,700shp
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||Ex-USS Blount (AK-163) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hecuba underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hecuba operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
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USS Blount (AK-163)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LT. Leverett, Willam Henry, USNR||26 January 1945 - 6 August 1945|
|02||CDR. Henriques, Charles Buck, USNR||6 August 1945 - 5 October 1945|
|03||LCDR. Chance, Albert Ingham, USNR||5 October 1945 - 18 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 18 July 2014
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