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USS Craighead (AK-175)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Launched, 28 February 1945
Acquired by the US Navy, 31 July 1945
Commissioned USS Craighead (AK-175), 5 September 1945, LCDR. George M. Walker, USNR, in command
Decommissioned, 18 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA., and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day, for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
Sold in 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $693,862.00, passed to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed SS Kastamonu
SS Kastamonu with her sister ships SS Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)],
SS Kars [ex-USS Antrim (AK-159]. and SS Rize [ex-USS Hidalgo
(AK-189) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years.
Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1984 at Aliaga, Turkey
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 338' 6"
Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
Speed 11.5 kts.
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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||Ex-USS Craighead (AK-175) as the Turkish cargo vessel MV Kastamonu in Turkish waters, date and location.
USS Craighead (AK-175)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Walker, George M., USCG||5 September 1945 - 18 January 1946|
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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