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USAPRS Henry Wright Hurley
Norma (AK-86)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Enceladus Class Cargo Ship:
  • Originally designated MV Sumner Pierce a Maritime Commission type (N3-M-A1) hull, to be build under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 649) at Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Renamed Norma (AK-86), 30 October 1942 by US Navy
  • Laid down, 3 December 1943
  • Launched, 4 June 1944
  • Delivered to the Navy, 6 June 1944
  • Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 June 1944
  • Allocated to the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Renamed USAPRS Henry Wright Hurley, conversion to a a Port Rehabilitation Ship completed circa June 1944 at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Henry Wright Hurley served as a Corps of Engineers port repair ship until her transfer to the Maritime Commission in 1947
  • Decommissioned by the US Army, date unknown
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 8 August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 March 1965, to Zidell Explorations Inc., (PD-X-687, dated 11 February 1965), for $28,011.91, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 31 March 1965
    Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,200 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 10"
    Beam 42' 6"
    Draft 20' 8"
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,175 DWT
    non-refrigerated 115,873 Cu. ft.
    Speed 10.25 kts
    Complement 83
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,940 Bbls
    one Cooper Bessemer Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,190shp

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    USAPRS Henry Wright Hurley
    Norma 61k USAPRS Henry Wright Hurley Port Rehabilitation vessel at anchor, date and location unknown. Ramon Jackson

    Norma (AK-86)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    United States Army in World War II - The Corps of Engineers: Troops and Equipment- Chapter XVII - Preparing to Reconstruct Ports
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