USS Charlevoix (AK-168)

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United States
Name: Charlevoix
Namesake: Charlevoix County, Michigan
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2141[1]
Builder: Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Yard number: 13[1]
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 20 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. E. Buchanan
Commissioned: 1 February 1945
Decommissioned: 18 January 1946
Struck: 17 April 1946
Fate: Sold, 7 February 1947, D/S A/S Imica
Status: Acquired by Norwegian buyer, 26 February 1947, reflagged Norway
  • Benny (1947–1959, 1963)
  • Benny Viking (1959–1963)
  • Stella Oceanica (1963–1965)
Acquired: 26 February 1947
Status: Sold 1965
Name: Jasolinan
Acquired: 1965
Fate: Sold 1965
Name: Paraskevi
Acquired: 1965
Fate: scrapped in Spain in 1970
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 × propeller
Speed: 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted

USS Charlevoix (AK-168) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.


Charlevoix, was launched 20 April 1944. by Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2141; sponsored by Mrs. E. Buchanan; and commissioned 1 February 1945, Lieutenant G. F. Vietor, USNR, in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Charlevoix, cargo laden, cleared Gulfport, Mississippi, 24 February 1945 for Manus, arriving 5 April. Here she was assigned to a convoy bound for the Philippines, and after a passage marked by one possible submarine contact depth charged by the convoy's escorts, reached Subic Bay 24 April to discharge her cargo. Returning to Manus 1 June, she quickly reloaded, and took departure 7 June, for Samar, Philippine Islands, where she unloaded on 28 June, returning to Manus 5 July.[3]

Next underway 11 July 1945, Charlevoix loaded aviation gas at Lae for the New Zealand Air Force based on New Britain. She delivered her flammable cargo safely 20 July, supporting our Allies in their twice-daily raids on the Japanese at by-passed Rabaul. She made one more voyage from Manus, to deliver cargo to Hollandia, returning with rolling stock for repair at Manus in August, then sailed north to Samar and Subic Bay, where she was briefly overhauled in October.[3]

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

She then proceeded to Norfolk, Virginia, which she reached 23 December, decommissioned there 18 January 1946, and was returned to the Maritime Commission 25 January 1946.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

Charlevoix was purchased for a Norwegian shipper 7 February 1947, by D/S A/S Imica. She was transferred 26 February 1947 and renamed Benny. In 1959 her name was changed to Benny Viking before changing back to Benny and then Stella Oceanica in 1963.[2]

In 1965 she was sold and reflagged in Panama, being renamed Jasolinan. However, she was sold later that year and this time renamed Paraskevi.[2]

She was finally scrapped in Spain in 1970.[2]




Online resources

  • "charlevoix". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 14 February 1999. Retrieved 15 November 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "C1 Cargo Ships". 28 August 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  • "USS Charlevoix (AK-168)". 5 April 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Charlevoix (AK-168) at NavSource Naval History