USS Midland (AK-195)

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United States
  • Coastal Harbinger (1944–1945)
  • Midland (1945)
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2126[1]
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 44[1]
Laid down: 29 July 1944
Launched: 23 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. William G. Mitsch
Acquired: 17 August 1945
Commissioned: 27 September 1945
Decommissioned: 13 November 1945
Struck: date unknown
Fate: transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 November 1945
United States
Name: Coastal Spartan
Owner: Maritime Commission
Acquired: 13 November 1945
In service: 13 November 1945
Out of service: 3 February 1948
Fate: sent to reserve fleet
Status: sold, 1 June 1948
Notes: sold without cost
TaiwanRepublic of China
Name: Union Banker
Acquired: 1 June 1948
Status: scrapped, 1970[1]
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 Midland (AK-195) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed by the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the US Maritime Commission shortly after being in commission for only a short period of time.


Midland was laid down under Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2126, by Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, 29 July 1944; launched 23 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. William G. Mitsch; converted by the New Orleans Naval Station; acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission on loan-charter 17 August 1945; placed in service the same day to be ferried from Beaumont, Texas, to Galveston, Texas, and placed out of service upon arrival the 18th; and commissioned 27 September 1945, Lieutenant Lloyd K. Barry, USNR, in command.[3]

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Because of the reduced need for cargo ships following World War II, Midland decommissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana, 13 November 1945 and was returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the same day for service under the Maritime Commission as Coastal Harbinger.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

Coastal Harbinger was used by several shipping companies from 1945–1948, when she was placed in the reserve fleet before being sold.[2]

On 1 June 1948, she was sold to The Republic of China for "no cost" and renamed Union Banker. She was scrapped in 1970.[4]




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Midland (AK-195) at NavSource Naval History