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
awards:
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.

Dispositioning[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.

Honors and awards[edit]

Qualified Hidalgo personnel were eligible for the following:

References[edit]

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