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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Alchiba Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down as, Northern Explorer, a Maritime Commission type (N3-S-A2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2516), at McCloskey & Company, Tampa, FL.
Launched in June 1945
Delivered the Maritime Commission in June 1945
Acquired by the US Navy in 1951
Renamed Centaurus (AK-264), and leased to South Korea the same day
Returned to US Naval custody, January 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, February 1960
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 2,905 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)
Length 258' 9"
Beam 42' 1"
Draft 20' 9" (max.)
Cargo Capacity 2,243 t.
Cruising radius (nautical miles) 4,500
Propulsion reciprocating steam engine, single propeller
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||Centaurus (AK-264) under way while in South Korean service, circa 1951, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84176. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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