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USS Besboro (AG-66)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Yankee
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)
    Length 300'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 19' 4" (lim.)
    Speed 9 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 57
    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.
    Besboro 83k 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
    Robert Hurst
    USS Besboro (AG-66)
    Besboro 142k 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
    Robert Hurst
    Besboro 126k
    Besboro 153k

    USS Besboro (AG-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Baughman, Robert Martin, USNR22 September 1943 - 8 June 1944
    02LCDR. Jessen, George, USNR8 June 1944 - 9 October 1945
    03LT. Williams, George Harry , USN9 October 1945 - 3 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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