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Minidoka (AK-196)

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 August 1944, as MV Coastal Herald a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2127) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 13 January 1945
  • Completed, 5 May 1945
  • Conversion for Naval service at Walter Butler Shipbuilding Inc., Superior, WI., canceled, 25 August 1945
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for merchant service, name retained MV Coastal Herald
  • Merchant Service
    GAA Waterman SS Corp., 4 December 1945, Beaumont, TX.
    Chartered to United Fruit Co., 25 September 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
    Laid up2 July 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX,
    Sold foreign, Brazil, 13 July 1956, delivered, 3 January 1957
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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