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USS New Hanover (AKA-73)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Golf - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 31 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1403) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 31 October 1944
Commissioned USS New Hanover (AKA-73), 22 December 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. John R. Haines, USNR, in command
During World War II USS New Hanover was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
TransDiv Sixty-Two, CAPT. H.E. Paddock USN (15) and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 9 to 19 April 1945
Following World War II USS New Hanover was assigned to Occupation service from 23 October to 15 November 1945
Decommissioned, 30 July 1946, at Norfolk VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 July 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
USS New Hanover earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, 31 June 1947, to Waterman SS Corp., renamed SS Alawai
Resold in February 1955 to Polarus Steamship Co., Inc., renamed SS Franklin Berwis
Resold in February 1957 to Grace Line Inc., renamed SS Santa Mercedes
Resold, 22 April 1960, to Central Gulf SS Corp., renamed SS Green Wave, 2 May 1960
Resold in July 1966 to Victory Carriers Inc., renamed SS Sagamore Hill
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 October 1970, to Li Chong Steel & Irons Works Co., LTD., Taiwan
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 5,275DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster and Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||New Hanover (AKA-73) immediately after launching at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C., 31 October 1944.
North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp.photo.
|Louis James Muccio
||USS New Hanover (AKA-73) under way in Charleston harbor, S. C., circa December 1944. She is about to pass under the Cooper
River Bridge. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 6AO.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 45479
||USS New Hanover (AKA-73) under way, date and location unknown.
Note the classic "Dazzle" pattern that has been painted on the ship, revealing the extremes of the various designs prepared for the Measure 32 Medium Pattern System.
US Navy photo courtesy of Floating Drydock.
Central Gulf Lines Inc.
||Ex-USS New Hanover (AKA-73) moored pierside, circa 1957-60, location unknown, while in merchant service as the Grace
Lines freighter SS Santa Mercedes.
||Ex-USS New Hanover (AKA-73) underway, circa 1960-66, location unknown, while in merchant service as the Central Gulf
Lines freighter SS Green Wave. Photo was originally copyrighted by Alex Duncan.
USS New Hanover (AKA-73)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. LCDR. Haines, John R., USNR||22 December 1944 - ?|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
USS New Hanover (AKA-73) War Diary and History December 1944 to December 1945
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 8 March 2019
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