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USCGC Unalga (WAK-185)
USS Tipton (AK-215) (1945 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Quebec - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Tipton (AK-215) was manned by the US Coast Guard
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 28 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2169), at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launched, 13 March 1945
Acquired by the US Navy, 7 September 1945
Commissioned, USS Tipton (AK-215), 9 October 1945, LCDR. H. E. Gray, USCGR, in command
Decommissioned, 4 March 1946 and commissioned into the US Coast Guard the same day as USCGC Unalga (WAK-185)
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Laid up, 1 June 1950, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1971, to Marine Power & Equipment Co., Inc., delivered 1 February 1971
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non refrigerated 177,515 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 TSM6 Diesel engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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||Launching of Tipton (AK-215) at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., 13 March 1945.
Photo from the Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
USS Tipton (AK-215)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Gray, H. E., USCGR ||9 October 1945 - 4 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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Unalga (ex- USS Tipton)
WAK-185; AKA-215; MC-2169
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 24 January 2014
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