USS Habersham (AK-186)

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United States
Name: Habersham
Namesake: Habersham County, Georgia
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2117[1]
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 35[1]
Laid down: 1944
Launched: 7 June 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Carl Gray, Jr.
Acquired: 26 April 1945
Commissioned: 12 May 1945
Decommissioned: 9 April 1946
Struck: 17 April 1946
Fate: Sold, 6 February 1947
Name: Rosa Thordén
Owner: Thordén Lines AB
Acquired: 6 February 1947
Status: Sold 1952
South Korea
  • Pusan (1952–1974)
  • Busan (1974–1976)
Namesake: City of Pusan, South Korea
Owner: Korean Shipping Corporation
Acquired: 1952
Fate: sold 1976
South Korea
Name: Busan
Owner: Ah Jin Shipping Ltd
Acquired: 1976
Fate: sold 1976
South Korea
Name: Sam Dae
Owner: Sammisa Shipping Co., Ltd.
Acquired: 1976
Fate: 1978
South Korea
Name: Sam Dae
Owner: Tai Young Shipping Co., Ltd.
Acquired: 1978
Fate: damaged by fire, 14 April 1979
Status: scrapped in Inchon, South Korea in 1979
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 Habersham (AK-186) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that served the US Navy during the final months of World War II. She was named for Habersham County, Georgia.


Habersham was launched 7 June 1944, by the Walter Butler Shipbuilding Company in Superior, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2117. She was sponsored by Mrs. Carl Gray, Jr. and acquired by the US Navy on 26 April 1945, and commissioned 12 May 1945, with Commander M.A. MacPhee in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

World War II service[edit]

Following shakedown training off Galveston, Texas the ship sailed 2 June 1945, for Gulfport, Mississippi, to take on cargo and departed four days later to join the Pacific Fleet. Habersham arrived at Pearl Harbor via the Canal Zone 30 June, unloaded her cargo, and returned to San Francisco with passengers and cargo 12 July. She then loaded cargo and sailed 21 July for Eniwetok, arriving on 7 August.[3]

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Habersham was at Eniwetok when the surrender of Japan was announced, and departed 9 September to carry cargo for occupation forces in Japan. Arriving Tokyo Bay, 17 September, she unloaded cargo and departed for Guam and San Francisco 27 November. She arrived 12 January 1946 and sailed for the East Coast on 11 February, arriving Norfolk, Virginia 6 March. Habersham decommissioned at Baltimore, Maryland 9 April 1946 and was returned to the Maritime Commission.[3]


Sold to the Thordén Lines AB, for $693,862,[4] for merchant service, she became Rosa Thordén. In 1952, she was sold to the Korean Shipping Corporation, and renamed Pusan. She was again renamed in 1974, to Busan, and then sold to Ah Jin Shipping Ltd., in 1976. She was sold again in 1976, to Sammisa Shipping Co, Ltd., and enamed Sam Dae. She was finally sold to Tai Young Shipping Co, Ltd., in 1978. On 14 April 1979 she was damaged by fire and scrapped later that year in Inchon, South Korea.[5]




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Habersham (AK-186) at NavSource Naval History