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USS Beaverhead (AK-161)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Sierra

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2106) at Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, No. 4 Yard, Richmond CA.
  • Launched, 2 September 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy 3 January 1945,
  • Commissioned USS Beaverhead (AK-161), 3 January 1945, LCDR. Olin F. Weymouth, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Beaverhead was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 March 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission, 28 March 1947, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's, Amsterdam, reflagged Dutch, renamed MV Hera
    Sold in 1963, renamed MV Omar Express
    Converted in 1967 by Avondale Shipyards, Avondale, LA. to a self-unloading cement carrier, renamed MV Cementos Ponce
    Renamed MV Vanessa in 1976
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Veracruz, Mexico between 1982 and 1984
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    USS Beaverhead (AK-161)
    Beaverhead 54k USS Beaverhead (AK-161) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Merchant Service
    Beaverhead 48k Ex-USS Beaverhead (AK-161) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hera, enroute to Bremen, Germany, on the Weser River, May 1961. While under the Dutch flag MV Hera operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Beaverhead 84k MV Hera underway circa 1960 in the North Sea Channel from Amsterdam to Ijmuiden. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    79k MV Hera underway, date and location unknown. Dirk Dijksman

    USS Beaverhead (AK-161)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Weymouth, Olin Franklin, USNR3 January 1945 - 8 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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