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USS Gwinnett (AVS-5)
USS Gwinnett (AG-92) (1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 21 December 1943, as Gwinnett (AK-185), a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2116) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
Redesignated a Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-92)
Launched, 14 May 1944
Converted to a Gwinnett Class Aviation Stores Issue Ship at Port Houston Iron Works, Houston, TX.
Delivered to the US Navy, 13 March 1945
Commissioned USS Gwinnett (AG-92), 10 April 1945, at Houston, TX., LT. Hugh K. Golway, USNR in command
Redesignated (AVS-5), 25 May 1945
Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Leased to General Steamship Corp., 7 November 1947
Sold, 14 August 1947, to the Republic of France, reflagged France, renamed MV Sainte Helene
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 2,411t.(lt), 6,240 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
Speed 11 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,750shp
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||Launch Day, 14 May 1944, Postal Cover for Gwinnett
||Ex-USS Gwinnett (AVS-5) in the initial stages of conversion to the French merchant ship MV Sainte Helene,
circa September 1947. Most of her military features are gone but she still has her Navy hull number on the bow.
Photo by Albert C. Silveria, San Francisco, CA.,
USS Gwinnett (AG-92/ AVS-5)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Golway, Hugh K, USNR||10 April 1945 - 11 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 21 February 2014
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