Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Aquarius (AK-263)

Aquarius (AK-263 was leased to South Korea
Alchiba Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down as SS John D. Widden, a Maritime Commission type (N3-S-A2) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1638), at Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, May 1944
  • Delivered the Maritime Commission in May 1944
  • Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service in 1949
  • Acquired by the US Navy for the US Army, 12 June 1951,
  • Renamed Aquarius (AK-263), and leased to South Korea the same day
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 June 1960, to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
    Displacement 1,677 t.(lt), 5,202 t.(fl)
    Length 269' 10"
    Beam 42' 6"
    Draft 20' 9" (max.)
    Speed 10 kts
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    Aquarius 119k Aquarius (AK-263) under way while in South Korean naval service, circa June 1951, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84175. Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    Mike Green

    Aquarius (AK-263)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships )DANFS)
    Back to the Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To the Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Cargo Ship (AK) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 16 December 2016