USS Hidalgo (AK-189)

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United States
Name: Hidalgo
Namesake: Hidalgo County, New Mexico or Hidalgo County, Texas
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2120[1]
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 38[1]
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 28 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Claude Pepper
Commissioned: 4 August 1945
Decommissioned: 26 April 1946
Struck: 8 May 1946
Fate: sold in 25 February 1947[2]
Name: Rize
Namesake: Rize Province
Owner: Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey
Acquired: 25 February 1947
Homeport: Istanbul, Turkey
Status: scrapped in August 1982 at Aliağa, Turkey
General characteristics [3]
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 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.


Hidalgo was a diesel-powered C1-M-AV1 cargo hull, was launched 28 July 1944 under Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2120, 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, Lieutenant John W. Thompson in command.[4]

Service history[edit]

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[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.[4]

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

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.[4]

Merchant service[edit]

Hidalgo was renamed Rize in 1947. Along with her sister ships, ex-Antrim, renamed Kars, ex-Craighead, renamed Kastamonu, and ex-Bullock, renamed Edirne, she would, for the next 15 years, provide cargo service between Turkey and Northern Europe. She was finally broken up in the Turkish port of Aliağa in August 1982.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Qualified Hidalgo personnel were eligible for the following:




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Hidalgo (AK-189) at NavSource Naval History