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USS Besboro (AG-66)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Camanga Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
Completed in December 1918 as SS Caddopeak at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR.
Delivered to the (USSB) United States Shipping Board
Renamed SS Cook 1922 to 1923
Renamed SS Nelson 1923 to 1937
Renamed SS Lurline Burns 1937 to 1943
Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 8 June 1943 from Burns Steamship Co
Commissioned, USS Besboro (AG-66), 22 September 1943, at Seattle, WA., LCDR. Robert M. Baughman, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Besboro was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 1 July 1946, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
Sold, 23 May 1947, to Waterman Steamship Corp. name restored to SS Lurline Burns
Sold in 1948 to Wellem & Co. Hong Kong BCC, renamed SS Shapur, reflagged Panamanian
Final Disposition, fate unknown no record of ship after 1961
Displacement 1,716 t.(lt) 5,500 t.(fl)
Draft 19' 4" (lim.)
Speed 9 kts.
Troop Accommodations 340
Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 4,280 Bbls
one Albina vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Scotch, single end boilers, 180psi Sat.
two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,600shp
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Pre-WWII Merchant Service
Waterman SS Corp.
||SS Lurline Burns underway sometime between 1937 and the outbreak of World War II.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-52560, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives NARA: RG-19-LCM), courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USS Besboro (AG-66)
||USS Besboro (AG-66) underway near Naval Station, Seattle, WA., 13 October 1943, soon after commissioning.
As a merchant ship she retained her original rig and long shelter deck, although the rig appears to have been strengthened for handling lumber.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-52560, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives RG-19-LCM,
photo #'s 19-N- 52563 & 19-N-52562 & 19-N-52564, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collection of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Besboro Crew Photos
Contributed by Jeff Perry
USS Besboro (AG-66)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Baughman, Robert Martin, USNR||22 September 1943 - 8 June 1944|
|02||LCDR. Jessen, George, USNR||8 June 1944 - 9 October 1945|
|03||LT. Williams, George Henry, USN||9 October 1945 - 3 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
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