USS Minidoka (AK-196)

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United States
  • Coastal Herald (1944–1945)
  • Minidoka (never commissioned)
Namesake: Minidoka County, Idaho
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2127[1]
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 45[1]
Laid down: 26 August 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. R. N. Elder
Completed: 5 May 1945
Commissioned: canceled 25 August 1945
Fate: returned to the Maritime Commission
United States
Name: Coastal Herald
Owner: Maritime Commission
Acquired: 4 December 1945
In service: 4 December 1945
Out of service: 2 July 1948
Fate: sent to reserve fleet
Status: sold, 13 July 1956
Name: Coastal Herald
Operator: Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costerira, Patrimonio Nacional
Acquired: 13 July 1956
In service: 3 January 1957
Status: scrapped 1977
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 Minidoka (AK-196) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the US Maritime Commission.


Minidoka, a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2127, by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, 26 August 1944; launched 13 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. R. N. Elder; and completed 5 May 1945. While under conversion for Navy use at the Superior yard of Walter Butler, her conversion was canceled 25 August 1945.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

Subsequently, she was returned to the Maritime Commission, renamed Coastal Herald, and operated for the Maritime Commission by Waterman Steamship Corporation[3] and then the United Fruit Company until 1948. She was then sent to the reserve fleet awaiting sale.[2]

On 13 July 1956, she was sold to Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costerira, Patrimonio Nacional, of Brazil, for $693,682, under the condition that she be used for coastal shipping. She was delivered on 3 January 1957.[4] She was scrapped in 1977.[1]




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Minidoka (AK-196) at NavSource Naval History