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USS Caledonia (AK-167)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Papa

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines LIberation Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2112) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 1 January 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy, 13 March 1945, Commissioned USS Caledonia (AK-167), the same day, LT. Frank G. Stelte, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Caledonia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 1 March 1947, under General Agency Agreement contract with agent Dickman, Wright and Pugh
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 7 March 1947 for $693,862.00 to Rederi A / S Hauk (Bucha Goding & Co.) Oslo, Norway, reflagged Norwegian
    Renamed MV Norse Captain 14 April 1947
    Sold to Philippine President Lines Inc., Manila, Philippines in 1962. Renamed MV Mabini reflagged Philippines
    Renamed MV President Quezon in 1964.
    Sold to Seven Brothers Shipping Corp., Manila in 1965, renamed MV Seven Kings
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Li Chong Co., Ltd. in September3 1980 for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 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 TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Caledonia 23k MV Norse Captain [ex-USS Caledonia (AK-167)] under way, location unknown. Photo Einar Ons°ien. From DNV, Lloyd's, Starke Robert Hurst

    USS Caledonia (AK-167)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stelte, Frank George, USNR13 March 1945 - 25 March 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
    USS Caledonia (AK-167) War Diary March to November 1945 and History
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