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USS Duplin (AKA-87)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Juliet - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Achernar Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1401) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp. Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 17 October 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 30 October 1944, from the Maritime Commission, and towed to her conversion yard, Key Highway Plant, Bethlehem Steel Plant, Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned USS Duplin (AKA-87), 15 May 1945, at Baltimore, MD., CDR. Herbert Byron Fluck, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Duplin was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and subsequently to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Duplin was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|1 to 10 November 1945
|13 January to 8 February 1946
Decommissioned, 21 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold, 23 June 1947, to A.H. Bull and Co., renamed SS Kathryn
Sold, 18 September 1962, (US Marshal's sale) to National Maritime Leasing Co.
Sold, 11 April 1963, to Dearborn Shipping Corp., renamed SS Dearborn
Sold, 18 September 1963, to Rio Grande Transport Inc., renamed SS Rio Grande
Maritime Administration (title exchange), 27 October 1964
Chartered by Bulk Transport Inc., 27 October 1964
Leased under GAA agreement, 20 October 1965, to Bulk Transport Inc., (MSC operations)
Laid up, 28 September 1967, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1971, to American Ship Dismantlers, delivered, 20 January 1971
Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 14,100 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
eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
one General Electric steam 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
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Duplin (AKA-87) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Russ Padden courtesy Tom Crew
USS Duplin (AKA-87)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
AKA 87 USS Duplin at Amphibious Ships (GATORS)
Last Updated 18 April 2014
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