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USS Pollux (AKS-2)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Castor Class General Stores Issue Ship:
Laid down, 26 May 1939. as SS Comet, a Maritime Commission type (C2-Cargo) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 33) at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
Launched, 16 December 1939
Acquired by the US Navy, 16 January 1941
Converted to a General Stores Issue Ship at Brewers Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Hoboken, N.J.
Commissioned USS Pollux (AKS-2), 6 May 1941, CDR. Hugh W. Turney in command
Lost due to grounding, 18 February 1942, off St. Lawrence Harbor, Newfoundland at Laun's Point
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 March 1942
Displacement 7,350 t.(lt) 14,400 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 5"
Speed 16.5 kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity 4,660 t.
non-refrigerated 23,800 Cu ft
refrigerated 347,769 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,850 Bbls
one General Electric-Curtis steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 80Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Pollux (AKS-2) under way, 26 May 1941, after initial conversion at Brewer Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, Staten Island.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-24140, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Pollux (AKS-2) under way off Boston Navy Yard, 10 October 1941.
US Navy photo (Boston Navy Yard photo # 2532-41, 10 October 1941) now in the collections of the US National Archives, College Park, MD., RG-19-LCM, Box 69.
||USS Pollux (AKS-2) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
||USS Pollux (AKS-2) wrecked on the Newfoundland coast at Laun's Point, St. Lawrence harbor, where she went aground,
18 February 1942.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 86970
USS Pollux (AKS-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Pollux AKS-2 and AKS-4
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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