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USS Glacier (AK-183)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Quebec
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 in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2114) at Port Houston Iron Works for Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
Launched, 22 April 1944
Completed and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1945, at Houston, TX.
Acquired by the US Navy, 29 March 1945
Commissioned USS Glacier (AK-183), 14 April 1945, LT. Charles L. Hitchcock, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Glacier was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 19 February 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Sold to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj', Amsterdam, 17 April 1947, reflagged Netherlands, renamed MV Hydra
Sold to Saudi Arabia in 1962, renamed MV Asma B.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in July 1970 at Hsinkang, China
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 338' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu. ft.
refrigerated 9,830 Cu. ft.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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||Ex-USS Glacier (AK-183) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hydra underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hydra operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
©Sawyer and Mitchel Collection
||MV Hydra passing down the Weser River, after leaving Bremen, Germany, on a hazy November day in 1958
USS Glacier (AK-183)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Hitchcock, Cecil L., USNR||14 April 1945 - 19 February 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
USS Glacier (AK-183) War Diary April to December 1945 and History
Last Updated 3 May 2019
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