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FS-219 / T-AKL-43


Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as FS-219 for US Army at Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launch (date unknown)
  • Delivered to the US Army Transportation Corps circa 1944-45
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950, and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS AKL-43 (T-AKL-43)
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Sold for commercial service to Bahamas Star Line (command, communications, and medical support vessel during the Bay of Pigs invasion), circa 1960
  • Sold to Alpine Geophysical Associates, Norwood, N.J., named R/V Santa Maria
  • Chartered by the US Navy in support of sonar research sponsored by the US Naval Oceanographic Office, circa 1967
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    AKL-43 85k T-AKL-43 underway, date and place unknown. Carl R Friberg Jr

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS AKL-43 (T-AKL-43) at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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