USS Hidalgo (AK-189)

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Career (USA)
Name: Hidalgo
Namesake: Hidalgo County, New Mexico or Hidalgo County, Texas
Ordered: MC hull 2120
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 28 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife of Senator from Florida
Commissioned: 4 August 1945
Decommissioned: 26 April 1946
Struck: 8 May 1946
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-189
Honours and
American Campaign Medal
Fate: sold in 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $693,862.00, passed to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed MV Rize
Status: scrapped in August 1982, at Aliağa, Turkey
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Displacement: 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: 1,750 shp (1,300 kW)
Propulsion: 1 × Nordberg Diesel diesel TSM 6 engine
1 × shaft
Speed: 11.5 kn (13.2 mph; 21.3 km/h)
Capacity: 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
Complement: 15 Officers
70 Enlisted
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 caliber dual purpose gun
6 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Oerlikon cannons anti-aircraft gun mounts

USS Hidalgo (AK-189) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for 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.

Built in Superior, Wisconsin[edit]

Hidalgo (AK-189), a diesel-powered C1-M-AV1 cargo hull, was launched 28 July 1944 under Maritime Commission contract by Walter Butler Shipbuilding, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, sponsored by Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife of the Senator from Florida; placed in service while being towed to Galveston, Texas, and commissioned 4 August 1945, Lt. John W. Thompson in command.

Naval service[edit]

After conducting a brief shakedown cruise off the coast of Texas, Hidalgo sailed to the Panama Canal Zone for routing to the Pacific Ocean 5 September 1945, but the war's end brought orders to proceed to Norfolk, Virginia.


The ship arrived in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 11 March 1946 and decommissioned 26 April 1946. Subsequently, she was sold to Turkey for $693,862.00 and serves as cargo ship SS Rize in merchant service.

Honors and awards[edit]

Qualified Hidalgo personnel were eligible for the following:


  1. ^ "USS Blount (AK-163)". Retrieved June 6, 2015.