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Almaack (AKL-39)
ex
US Army FS-283 (1944 - 1951)


Almaack (AKL-39) was loaned to the Republic of Korea
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, as FS-283 in 1944, for the US Army at Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering Corp., Kewaunee, WI.
  • Commissioned into the US Army Transportation Service as US Army FS-283, 2 January 1945, at New York, with a Coast Guard crew. LTjg. G A. H. Coane, USCGR, in command
  • FS-283 departed New York, 29 January 1945, for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war at Parang, Jacquinat Bay, etc.
  • Decommissioned, 25 September 1945
  • Acquired from the Army by the US Navy, 12 December 1951
  • Renamed Almaack (AKL-39), and loaned to the Republic of Korea the same day
  • Almaack never served as an active unit of the US Navy
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, June 1969, to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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    FS-283 28k View of bridge area of Ex-US Army FS-283 while under way, date and location unknown. Note the name Miss Philippi attached to the stack and the cargo of oil drums secured to the deck. From this photo it appears that FS-283 may have been leased for commercial service after being decommissioned in 1945.
    Photo courtesy Randle M. Biddle Collection.
    Randy Biddle

    US Coast Guard History
    The Coast Guard-manned Army FS-283 was commissioned at New York, 2 January 1945, LTjg. G A. H. Coane, USCGR, in command She departed New York, 29 January 1945, for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war at Parang, Jacquinat Bay, etc. She was decommissioned 25 September 1945.
    US Navy History
    FS-283 was acquired from the Army on 12 December 1951 and renamed Almaack (AKL-39). That same day, she was loaned to the Republic of Korea. The ship served the Koreans until early in 1960 when she was returned to the Navy. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 February 1960, and she was sold to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd., in June 1960 for scrapping.
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