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USS Ariel (AF-22)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Mizar Class Stores Ship:
Built in 1931 as SS Segovia at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., for United Fruit Co.
Launched, 15 August 1931, Christened by Mrs. Herbert Hoover
Gutted by fir during her fitting out
Rebuilt and renamed SS Peten
Delivered, date unknown, United Fruit Co
Renamed SS Jamaica, date unknown
Acquired by the US Navy, 24 March 1942
Converted for Naval service at Todd's Galveston, TX., Shipyard
Commissioned, USS Ariel (AF-22), 14 May 1942, at Galveston, TX., Capt. Emory P. Hyland, USN, in command
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at New York, N.Y. and Transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946 and returned to United Fruit Co.
Sold by United Fruit Co. to a German shipping Co., renamed SS Blumenthal, reflagged West Germany
Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in December 1969
Displacement 7,068 t.(lt) 11,875 t.(fl)
Length 446' 10"
Beam 60' 3"
Speed 18.5 kts. (max)
Cargo Capacity 1,990 DWT
non-refrigerated 10,000 Cu ft
refrigerated 170,275 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 9,325 Bbls
two General Electric turbo-electric engines
four Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 350psi 636°
three turbo-drive 500Kw 240V D.C.
twin propellers, 11,000shp
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|Pre WWII Merchant Service
||Launching of SS Segovia, 15 August 1931, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.,
|USS Ariel (AF-22)
||USS Ariel (AF-22) underway in harbor, date and location unknown.
|Post WWII Merchant Service
||Ex-Ariel (AF-22) in commercial service as SS Blumenthal moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in September 1965.
||Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Ariel (AF-22)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Hyland, Emory Paul USN (USNA 1922)||14 May 1942 - ?|
|02||CDR. Beyer, Edward Francis||12 February 1944 - 2 May 1944|
|03||LCDR. Smith, William Francis||2 May 1944 - ?|
|04||LT. Monk, Herbert A. USNR||29 March 1945 - ?|
|05||CAPT. Campbell, George William USN (USNA 1926)||26 October 1945 - 21 June 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 16 July 2021
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