USS Midland (AK-195)

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Career (USA)
Name: Midland
Namesake: Midland County, Michigan or Midland County, Texas
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2126
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 29 July 1944, as MV Coastal Harbinger
Launched: 23 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. William G. Mitsch
Acquired: 17 August 1945
Commissioned: 27 September 1945
Decommissioned: 13 November 1945
Struck: date unknown
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-195
Fate: transferred to the Maritime Commission 13 November 1945, name reverted to MV Coastal Harbinger
sold, 1 June 1946, to the government of China, without cost, reflagged Republic of China, renamed MV Union Banker
Status: fate unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Displacement: 2,382 t (2,344 long tons) light
7,540 t (7,420 long tons) full load
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draught: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
Complement: 79
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 caliber dual purpose gun
6 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Oerlikon cannons anti-aircraft gun mounts

USS Midland (AK-195) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed by the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission shortly after being in commission for only a short period of time.

Built in Superior, Wisconsin[edit]

Midland (AK 195) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract by Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, 29 July 1944; launched 23 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William G. Mitsch; converted by the New Orleans Naval Station; acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan charter 17 August 1945.

Service career[edit]

Midland was placed in service the same day to be ferried from Beaumont, Texas, to Galveston, Texas, and placed out of service upon arrival the 18th; and commissioned 27 September 1945, Lt. Lloyd K. Barry, USNR, in command. Because of the reduced need for cargo ships following World War II, Midland decommissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana, 13 November 1945 and was returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the same day for service under the Maritime Commission as Coastal Harbinger.

Her subsequent history and ultimate fate are not known.

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