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USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Alpha - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 542) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 17 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233), 23 November 1944, LCDR. John T. Edwards, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Newcastle Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at New York, N.Y.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Merchant Service
    General Agency Agreement Union Sulphur Co., Communipaw, N, J,, 21 June 1946
    General Agency Agreement Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 1 October 1945, New York
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 28 October 1947
    General Agency Agreement Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 7 August 1950, Astoria, OR.
    Chartered by Pacific Atlantic SS. Co., 29 August 1950
    General Agency Agreement Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 20 October 1961, Portland, OR.
    Laid up, 21 September 1953, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    General Agency Agreement United States Lines Co., (MSTS operations) 8 December 1965
    Laid up, 19 January 1970, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, donated to the US Merchant Marine Academy as a fund raiser. Sold via broker in New York for scrapping at Alang, India, 17 January 1992, removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage and delivered to buyer at Newport News, VA.
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    one Westinghouse steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233)
    Newcastle Victory
    96k USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233) underway, circa 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Catalog No. NH 89189
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Newcastle Victory 85k Ex-USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233) in merchant service as SS Newcastle Victory, moored pierside, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Edwards, John Thomas, USNR23 November 1944 - 20 September 1945
    02LCDR. Fisher, Hubert Wayne, USNR20 September 1945 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Newcastle Victory (AK-233) War Diary 23 Nov 1944 - 29 May 1945 and History
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