USS Pipestone (AK-203)
|Namesake:||Pipestone County, Minnesota|
|Ordered:||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2157|
|Builder:||Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||date unknown,|
|Completed:||23 November 1945|
|Commissioned:||returned to the US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) prior to commissioning|
|Identification:||Hull symbol: AK-203|
|Fate:||returned to MARCOM, 23 November 1945|
|Acquired:||23 November 1945|
|In service:||23 November 1945|
|Out of service:||13 March 1946|
|Fate:||sold, 20 February 1947|
|Operator:||Corperacion Peruana e Vapores, Callao, Peru|
|Acquired:||20 February 1947|
|Operator:||Naviera Panamar S.A., Callao, Peru|
|Operator:||Gold Shipping S.A., Panama|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tonnage:||5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Length:||388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draft:||21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 × propeller|
|Speed:||11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
USS Pipestone (AK-203) 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.
Pipestone was laid down under US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2157, by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin. She was transferred to the Navy in April 1945. Pipestone was scheduled for commissioning. However, because of the Allied victory in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations, her commissioning was delayed.
Pipestone was ordered returned to MARCOM for disposal. Her name subsequently reverted to Coastal Explorer.
On 20 February 1947, she was sold to the Peru. She was operated by Corperacion Peruana e Vapores, Callao, Peru, and renamed Putumayo. In 1968 she was sold to Naviera Panamar S.A., also of Callao, and renamed Felipe.
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