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USS Cygnus (AF-23)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Cygnus Class Stores Ship:
Built in 1925 as SS La Perla at Cammell Laird, Liverpool, England
Operated by United Fruit Co.
Transfered to the War Shipping Agency for delivery to Munargo Line Co., 1 June 1942 under a Transportation Corps. Agreement
Acquired by the US Navy, 8 July 1942
Commissioned, USS Cygnus (AF-23), 11 August 1943, LCDR. W. W. Williamson USNR in command
During World War II, USS Cygnus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 18 July 1946, at New York, N.Y. and transferred to the Maritime Commission for re-delivery to United Fruit Co.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Re-delivered to Munargo Line Co., 14 December 1946
Sold foreign in January 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 7,170 t.(fl)
Length 336' 3"
Draft 23' 9"
Speed 11.7kts (trial)
Cargo Capacity refrigerated 116,100, 1,770 DWT
Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 5,421 Bbls
one Cammell-Laird vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Scotch boilers, 190psi Sat
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 200Kw 220V D.C.
one recip-drive 50Kw 220V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||SS La Perla, 7 August 1942, a few days before acquisition by the Navy.
US Naval History and Heritage
Command photo # NH 83225, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Cygnus (AF23) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 August 1943, after completion of conversion. The conversion alterations,
circled in the photo, were relatively minor, the most conspicuous being the addition of vertical splinter protection around the gun positions fore and aft and the
addition of two 20mm AA guns aft.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # unassigned, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the
US National Archives, courtesy Robert Hurst.
USS Cygnus (AF-23)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Williamson, Walter, William, USNR||11 August 1942 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Baldwin, James Thomas||5 May 1944|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 2 June 2017
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