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USS Marengo (AK-194)

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

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, 4 July 1944, as MV Coastal Spartan a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2125) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 4 December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 24 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Marengo (AK-194), 21 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1945, and transferred to the War Shipping Administration at Galveston, TX. the same day for disposal, name reverted to MV Coastal Spartan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    GAA contract North Atlantic & Gulf SS. Co., 23 November 1945
    Chartered North Atlantic & Gulf SS Co., 22 May 1946
    GAA contract South Atlantic SS line, 13 April 1948
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 22 April 1948
    Sold to Boston Metals, Co., for non-transportation use, 19 July 1965
    Resold to Storm Drilling Co., converted to a drilling ship, completion date, December 1971
    Renamed MV Cyclone, 30 December 1971
    Renamed MV Ocean Cyclone and converted to a crane ship in 1975
    Renamed MV Northern Victor and converted to a fish processing vessel by the Eastern Shipbuilding Company, Panama City, FL. in 1989-1990
    Acquired by Icicle Seafoods Inc., in late 1999

    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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    Marengo 564k Ex-USS Marengo (AK-194) underway while in merchant service as the drilling ship MV Cyclone, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Marengo 118k Ex-USS Marengo (AK-194) in dry dock, location unknown, after conversion to a crane ship and being renamed MV Ocean Cyclone in 1975. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Marengo 58k Fish processing vessel MV Northern Victor (ex-USS Marengo (AK-194) at anchor in Beaver Inlet, Unalaska island, near Dutch Harbor, AK., date unknown.
    Photo courtesy Marine Exchange of Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    247k The Icicle Seafoods seafood processing ship Northern Victor works alongside the fishing vessel Progress, 19 July 2021 in Unalaska, Alaska.
    Photo by James Brooks - Flickr by jkbrooks85 at, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
    Robert Hurst

    USS Marengo (AK-194)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Unalaska gets new pollock plant, "The Bristol Bay Times," 2 February 2018
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