USS Crux (AK-115)
|Ordered:||as SS Peter Stuyvesant
EC2-S-C1 hull, MCE 1212
|Laid down:||27 September 1943|
|Launched:||16 November 1943|
|Acquired:||27 November 1943|
|Commissioned:||17 March 1944|
|Decommissioned:||31 January 1946|
|Fate:||scrapped in 1962|
|Displacement:|| 4,023 t.(lt)
|Length:||441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft 7 in (8.41 m)|
|Propulsion:||Joshua Hendy reciprocating steam engine, single shaft, 1,950 shp (1,450 kW)|
|Speed:||13 knots (24 km/h)|
|Armament:||one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount; one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; eight 20 mm AA gun mounts|
USS Crux (AK-115) was an Crater-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II, named after the constellation Crux. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.
Crux was launched 16 November 1943 as SS Peter Stuyvesant by St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. F. D. Arthur; transferred to the Navy 27 November 1943; and commissioned 17 March 1944, Commander C. R. Beyer, USNR, in command.
World War II Pacific Theater operations
Departing Norfolk, Virginia, 4 May 1944, Crux arrived at Espiritu Santo 14 June. From 20 June 1944 to 10 April Crux repeatedly loaded cargo at Brisbane, Australia, for such ports as Milne Bay, Finschhafen, Langemak Bay, Port Moresby, and Hollandia in New Guinea, and Manus, Admiralty Islands.
Her supply base was shifted to Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, in April 1945, and from 16 April to 15 October 1945, she carried cargo from that port to Humboldt Bay, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and Nissan Atoll, Bismarck Archipelago. Taking homeward-bound servicemen on board at Manila Bay, Crux sailed 15 November for San Francisco, California, arriving 10 December.
Crux was decommissioned 31 January 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal the same day.
Military awards and honors
Crux’s crew was eligible for the following campaign medals and ribbons:
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- Philippines Liberation Medal
- "Crux". DANFS. U.S. Naval Historical Center. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
- Photo gallery of Crux at NavSource Naval History