USS Veritas (AKA-50)

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Career
Name: USS Veritas
Builder: Walsh-Kaiser Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Laid down: 26 April 1945
Launched: 16 June 1945
Commissioned: 19 July 1945
Decommissioned: 21 February 1946
Struck: 12 April 1946
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Artemis-class attack cargo ship
Type: S4–SE2–BE1
Displacement: 4,087 long tons (4,153 t) light
7,080 long tons (7,194 t) full
Length: 426 ft (130 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Speed: 16.9 knots (31.3 km/h; 19.4 mph)
Complement: 303 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount
• 4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
• 10 × 20 mm gun mounts

USS Veritas (AKA-50) was an Artemis class attack cargo ship named after the minor planet 490 Veritas. Veritas was the Greek goddess of Truth. She served as a commissioned ship for 7 months.

Veritas (AKA-50) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1911) on 26 April 1945 at Providence, R.I., by the Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc.; launched on 16 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Fred B. Smith; and commissioned on 19 July 1945, Lt. Comdr. A. S. Brooks, USNR, in command.

Service history[edit]

Into the fall of 1945, Veritas operated along the East Coast, making cargo runs which took her as far north as Boston and ranged south to Hampton Roads, Va. After loading cargo at Norfolk from 22 October to 26 October, Veritas got underway on the 26th for Bermuda and the only duty which took her away from the eastern seaboard of the United States.

The cargo vessel returned to Norfolk and transported cargo to Baltimore in December and made stops at Bayonne, N.J., and New York City before heading for Hampton Roads early in 1946. She arrived at Norfolk on 17 January 1946 and was decommissioned on 21 February 1946. Struck from the Navy list on 12 April 1946, the cargo vessel was delivered to the Maritime Commission on 29 June 1946, in whose custody she remained until disappearing from registers of American merchant shipping in 1949.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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