USS Pemiscot (AK-201)

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United States
  • Coastal Competitor (1944–1945, 1945–)
  • Pemiscot (1945)
Namesake: Pemiscot County, Missouri
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2155[1]
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 122[1]
Laid down: 7 July 1944
Launched: 18 November 1944
Acquired: 12 September 1945
Commissioned: scheduled, 12 September 1945, delayed
Struck: 5 December 1945
Fate: returned to US Maritime Commission (MARCOM), 28 September 1945
United States
Name: Coastal Competitor
Acquired: 31 October 1945
In service: 31 October 1945
Out of service: 3 May 1948
Fate: sent to reserve fleet
Status: sold, 13 July 1956
Name: Coastal Competitor
Operator: Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costerira, Patrimonio Nacional
Acquired: 13 July 1956
In service: 25 December 1956
Status: fate unknown
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 Pemiscot (AK-201) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. By the time she was scheduled for commissioning, the war’s end caused her to be declared “excess to needs” and she was returned to the US Government and struck by the Navy.


Pemiscot was laid down under US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2155, by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, 7 July 1944; launched 18 November 1944; and transferred down the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana, between January and April 1945. Completed at the Pendleton Shipyard Co., she was transferred to the Navy 12 September 1945 at New Orleans.[3]

Service history[edit]

Pemiscot was scheduled to commission 12 September. However, because of the Allied victory in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations, her commissioning was delayed.[3]


On 28 September she was ordered returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission, and was delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) at New Orleans 31 October. Her name was struck from the Naval Register 5 December 1945. She was subsequently renamed Coastal Competitor.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

Coastal Competitor was used by several shipping companies from 1945–1948, when she was placed in the reserve fleet.[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 25 December 1956.[4] Her final disposition is unknown.[2]




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Pemiscot (AK-201) at NavSource Naval History