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USS Alcor (AK-259)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Zulu
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon)


Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, as SS Rockland Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 101), at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland OR.
  • Launched, 29 April 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 19 May 1944
  • Operated during World War II by Waterman SS. Co, for the War Shipping Administration, from 19 May 1944 to 15 August 1946
  • Chartered to Marine Operating Co., 15 August 1946 to 31 January 1947
  • Chartered to States Marine Corp., 31 January to 26 February 1947
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 2 April 1948
  • Under contract to SC Atlantic SS. Co., 20 September to 22 November 1950
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA., 22 November 1950:
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 July 1951
  • Converted to a Navy Cargo Ship at Ira S. Bushy and Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Alcor (AK-259), 1 March 1952, CDR. Harry A. Long in command
  • Title transfer to the US Navy, 31 May 1956
  • Decommissioned, 30 December 1968, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1968
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 7 January 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1970, to Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts
    Complement 145
    Armament eight 40MM AA guns
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp.
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    Alcor 88k USS Alcor (AK-259) underway at Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta., date unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    Alcor 522k The British submarine HMS Sprat is loaded aboard USS Alcor (AK-259), 24 June 1958, at Portsmouth, England, for a trip to Norfolk, VA., for work with the American navy. The Sprat was one of Britian's midget submarines.
    Photo source AP WirePhoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Alcor 38k USS Alcor (AK-259) underway, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Alcor 60k USS Alcor (AK-259) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, fall 1959 Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Alcor 115k Ex-USS Alcor (AK-259) at Gibalter in 1970 bound for the breakers yard Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy. Photo by Mike Lennon. Photo courtesy Shipspotting.com site. Tommy Trampp
    Alcor 1336k Ex-USS Alcor (AK-259) in the breakers yard, Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy, 28 May 1970, while being dismantled. Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS Alcor (AK-259)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Long, Harry A.1 March 1952 - ?
    05CDR. Woodward, Lamar Leeno dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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