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USS Lancaster (AK-193)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Oscar - Echo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 July 1944, as MV Coastal Ringleader, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2124), at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 September 1945 and commissioned USS Lancaster (AK-193) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1945, and transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day, at Galveston, TX., name reverted to MV Coastal Ringleader
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    GAA agreement to Polarus SS Co., 23 November 1945
    Chartered to New York and Puerto Rico SS Co., 25 June 1946
    Chartered to United Fruit Co., 7 January 1948
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Al. group, 25 May 1948
    Sold foreign, Brazil, 13 July 1956, delivered, 2 October 1956, reflagged Brazil
  • Final Disposition, fate known
    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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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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