Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

USS Sculptor (AK-103)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Tango - Tango
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

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 May 1943, as SS D. W. Harrington, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1671), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 10 June 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 June 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Sculptor (AK-103), 10 August 1943, LCDR. George C. Bosson in command
  • During World War II USS Sculptor was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 8 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1947
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for commercial service by the Maritime Commission to a Greek shipping company, renamed SS Dimosthenis Pantaleon
    Final Disposition, scrapped at Trieste, Italy, in 1969

    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 27' 7"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two W. P. & S. header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS Sculptor (AK-103)
    Sculptor 307k Port broadside view of USS Sculptor (AK-103) underway in San Francisco Bay, 30 May 1944.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Sculptor 142k USS Sculptor (AK-103) underway in San Francisco Bay, 13 December 1944.
    US Navy photo.
    David Nixon
    Merchant Service
    Sculptor 57k Ex-USS Sculptor (AK-103) in merchant service as the Greek flagged SS Dimosthenis Pantaleon at Bremen, Germany, in October 1967, discharging a cargo of ore from India. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Sculptor 250k

    USS Sculptor (AK-103)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bosson, George Charles10 August 1943 - 26 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Cargo Ship (AK) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 24 May 2019