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USS Alcor (AK-259)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Zulu - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon)

Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, as SS Rockland Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 101), at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland OR.
  • Launched, 29 April 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 19 May 1944
  • Operated during World War II by Waterman SS. Co, for the War Shipping Administration, from 19 May 1944 to 15 August 1946
  • Chartered to Marine Operating Co., 15 August 1946 to 31 January 1947
  • Chartered to States Marine Corp., 31 January to 26 February 1947
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 2 April 1948
  • Under contract to SC Atlantic SS. Co., 20 September to 22 November 1950
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA., 22 November 1950:
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 July 1951
  • Converted to a Navy Cargo Ship at Ira S. Bushy and Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Alcor (AK-259), 1 March 1952, CDR. Harry A. Long in command
  • Title transfer to the US Navy, 31 May 1956
  • Decommissioned, 30 December 1968, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1968
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 7 January 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1970, (PD-X-853), at Charleston, S.C. to Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy, for $95,323, removed from Naval Station Charleston, S.C., 2 February 1970
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts
    Complement 145
    Armament eight 40MM AA guns
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity, 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft.
    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 Alcor (AK-259)
    Alcor 88k USS Alcor (AK-259) underway at Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta., date unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    247k USS Alcor (AK-259) underway date and location unknown.
    &Copy C. Lennon
    Gerhard Muller-debus
    Alcor 522k The British submarine HMS Sprat is loaded aboard USS Alcor (AK-259), 24 June 1958, at Portsmouth, England, for a trip to Norfolk, VA., for work with the American navy. The Sprat was one of Britain's midget submarines.
    Photo source AP WirePhoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Alcor 38k USS Alcor (AK-259) under way, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Alcor 60k USS Alcor (AK-259) moored, date and location unknown./font> Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Alcor 115k Ex-USS Alcor (AK-259) at Gibraltar in 1970 bound for the breakers yard Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy. Photo by Mike Lennon. Photo courtesy site. Tommy Trampp
    Alcor 1336k Ex-USS Alcor (AK-259) in the breakers yard, Lotti S.p.A., La Speza, Italy, 28 May 1970, while being dismantled. Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS Alcor (AK-259)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Long, Harry Arthur1 March 1952 - ?
    02CDR. Abbot Jr., Cecil Clay? - 20 April 1962
    03CDR. Woodward, Lamar Lee20 April 1962 - 30 October 1963
    04CDR. Deadmond, Robert Berle, USNR30 October 1963 - 18 June 1965
    05CDR. Alexander Jr., Adam Gregg18 June 1965 - 12 December 1966
    06CDR. Strobel, James William, USN12 December 1966 - September 1968
    07CDR. Applegarth Jr., Samuel Hubert, USN (USNA 1951)September 1968 - 30 December 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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