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Pitkin (AK-204)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Hotel

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 2158), at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 7 April 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy in May 1945
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission prior to commissioning,
  • renamed MV Coastal Observer
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    Operated under a General Agency Agreement by Lykes Bros. SS Co., Inc., 20 November 1945, at Beaumont, TX.
    Chartered by Lykes Bros. SS Co, Inc, 19 June 1946
    Operated under a General Agency Agreement by Mississippi Shipping Co., 30 June 1949
    Laid up, 11 July 1949, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
    Sold, foreign, Brazil, 13 July 1956, delivered, 15 February 1957, reflagged Brazil, renamed MV Rio Mocoro
  • Renamed MV Guararapes in 1971
  • Intended name change to MV Sao Sebastiao in 1974, scrapped locally instead
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1974
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non refrigerated 177,515 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 TSM6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    War Shipping Administration
    49k Launching of Pitkin (AK-200), 7 April 1945, at Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Library
    John Spivey

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