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Aquarius (AK-263 was leased to South Korea
Alchiba Class Cargo Ship
Laid down as SS John D. Widden, a Maritime Commission type (N3-S-A2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1638), at Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
Launched, May 1944
Delivered the Maritime Commission in May 1944
Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service in 1949
Acquired by the US Navy for the US Army, 12 June 1951,
Renamed Aquarius (AK-263), and leased to South Korea the same day
Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
Struck from the Naval Register 1 February 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 June 1960, to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)
Length 269' 10"
Beam 42' 6"
Draft 20' 9" (max.)
Speed 10 kts
Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller
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||Aquarius (AK-263) under way while in South Korean naval service, circa June 1951, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84175. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships )DANFS)
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