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USS Vinton (AKA-83)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Juliet - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 20 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1393), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 25 August 1944
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 7 September 1944
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 September 1944, and towed to her conversion yard at Baltimore MD.
Commissioned USS Vinton (AKA-83), 23 February 1945, at Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Co. Baltimore, MD., CDR. John D. Hoffman, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Vinton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short USNR;
Decommissioned, 16 March 1946, at New York
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Withdrawn from reserve, 28 November 1946, for reconversion at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Baltimore, MD.
Sold to Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., 20 November 1947
Resold, 21 November 1947 to Gulf and South American Steamship Co., renamed SS Gulf Shipper
Resold, 23 September 1964, to American President Lines, Inc., renamed SS President Harding
Resold in October 1966, to Pacific Far East Lines, renamed SS America Bear
Resold, 10 March 1969 to Columbia Steamship Co., renamed SS Columbia Beaver
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 November 1971, to Long Jong Industries Co., Ltd., Taiwan
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 14,160 t.(fl)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
Cargo Capacity 5,275 DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 380,000 cu ft, (5,275 t.)
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster-Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 6,000 shp
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||The 95% completed USS Vinton (AKA-83) under tow from her builder's yard, North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C., to her conversion yard, Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Co. Baltimore, MD., Vinton departed Wilmington, N.C., 8 September 1944, under tow by the War Shipping Administration's large seagoing tug Trinidad Head and arrived at Baltimore, 11 September. She is shown in Chesapeake Bay off Hawkins Point just before conclusion of the tow.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-71223, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Vinton (AKA-83) officers and crew, San Francisco Bay, CA, circa 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Accession #: UA 571, Catalog #: UA 571.105
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||USS Vinton (AKA-83) moored pierside at New York, prior to decommissioning.
||John Allen, WT USS Vinton, Feb. 1945 to Mar. 1946
||Ex-USS Vinton (AKA-83) working cargo at Bremerhaven, Germany in April 1971 as the Columbia Steamship Co's.
freighter SS Columbia Beaver.
||Photos by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Vinton (AKA-83)
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 Vinton (AKA-83) War Diaries February 1945 to October 1945 and Ship's History
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 15 March 2019
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