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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
USS Deal (AKL-2)
USS Deal (AG-131) (1947 - 1949)
US Army FS-263 (1944 - 1947)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Bravo - Golf
USAV FS-263 Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as FS-263 for the US Army at Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, N.Y.
Delivered to the US Army Transportation Service
Coast Guard-manned and commissioned USAV FS-263 at New York, 16 August 1944, LTjg. W. G. Hill, USCGR in command
Decommissioned, 12 October 1946
Acquired by the US Navy, 2 March 1947, at Apra, Guam
Commissioned, Miscellaneous Auxiliary, USS Deal (AG-131), 3 August 1947, LTjg Peter G. Pattern in command
Reclassified Light Cargo Ship, (AKL-2), 31 March 1949
Decommissioned, 8 September 1955, at Portland, OR.
Laid up, 13 April 1955, in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 18 December 1961, sold to a Columbian buyer, renamed MV Don Carlos, for trade in the Caribbean, reflagged Columbia
8 January 8, 1963 the ship is still registered in Columbia, represented in Galveston by Hansen And Tidemann, Chartered by AD S. Cargo Ltd. of Miami, renamed
Name changed to MV Olga Patricia, 11 Aug 1964, reflagged Panama
May 1963, the ship is in Miami and Biscayne Harbor now owned by Florida Lines
Sold to Viscaya Inc. in 1966
Converted to a pirate radio station at Dade Drydock Corporation, Miami, FL. in March 1966
Renamed MV Laissez Faire, date unknown
Deal's career after Naval service included operation's off the coast of England as a pirate radio station as M/V Olga Patricia and
M/V Laissez Faire
Current Disposition, commercial fishing vessel F/V Earl J. Conrad, Jr. (USCG Doc. No. 547733) operating out of Reedville, VA.
Displacement 550 t.
Speed 12 kts.
two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
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||USS Deal (AKL-2) entering Sasebo harbor, Japan, circa 1954. Photo courtesy of Les Wright, former Deal XO.
US Navy photo.
||Ex-USS Deal (AKL-2) as the M/V Olga Patricia moored pierside at Miami, FL. in 1966.
||M/V Olga Patricia operating as a pirate radio station off the coast of England in 1966.
||Ex-USS Deal (AKL-2) renamed M/V Laissez Faire operating as pirate radio station off the coast of England in 1967.
||M/V Laissez Faire operating as pirate radio station off Frinton-on Sea, Essex, in July 1967.
At this time she was home to Britain Radio (closed down on 22 February 1967) and Radio 227.
Photos from "Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History" by Keith Skues and
||F/V Earl J. Conrad, Jr. operating as one of Omega Protein of Reedville, VA. menhaden fishing vessels idling near the seine skiffs of the F/V Tideland in the Chesapeake Bay near
Reedville, VA., date unknown.
Photo courtesy Ocean Smart. US
USS Deal (AG-131 / AKL-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg Pattern Peter Gause||3 August 1947 - 21 June 1950|
|02||LCDR. Sanders, C. F., USN||21 June 1950 - 15 August 1951|
|03||LT. Maynard, Robert Louis, USNR||15 August 1951 - 22 July 1952|
|04||LT. Smith Jr., Francis W., USNR||22 July 1952 - ?|
|05||LT. Fellard, Charles R.||January 1954 - February 1954|
|06||LT. Ireland, Clifton Roscoe||February 1954 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The Radio Rose of Texas, Chapter 10, by Derek Burroughs, Jr.
Offshore Pirate Radio
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