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USS Alcor (AK-259)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Zulu
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, (PD-X-853), at Charleston, S.C. to Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy, for $95,323, removed from Naval Station Charleston, S.C., 2 February 1970
Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
Draft 29' 2"
Speed 15.5 kts
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
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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||USS Alcor (AK-259) under way at Grand Harbor, Valetta, Malta., date unknown.
||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 Britain's midget submarines.
Photo source AP WirePhoto.
||USS Alcor (AK-259) under way, circa 1953, location unknown.
||USS Alcor (AK-259) moored, date and location unknown./font>
||Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
||Ex-USS Alcor (AK-259) at Gibraltar in 1970 bound for the breakers yard Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy. Photo by Mike Lennon. Photo courtesy Shipspotting.com site.
||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)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Long, Harry Arthur||1 March 1952 - ?|
|05||CDR. Woodward, Lamar Lee||no dates|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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MARAD Vessel History Database
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