USS Provo Victory (AK-228)

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Ex-USS Provo Victory (AK-228) in Pope & Talbot colors. As Lloyd's Index of 1948 states Pope having been the charterer then (in the early Fifties it was American Foreign), this picture dates apparently from 1948.
Ex-USS Provo Victory (AK-228) in Pope & Talbot colors.
Career (USA)
Name: Provo Victory
Namesake: Provo, Utah
Ordered: as type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, MCV hull 537
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: Yard No.1
Laid down: 28 June 1944
Launched: 9 September 1944
Acquired: 18 October 1944
Commissioned: 18 October 1944
Decommissioned: 10 April 1946
Struck: 8 May 1946
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-228
Fate: traded out for scrapping, 10 February 1984, to Nissho-Iwi Corp. Toyko, Japan
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Boulder Victory-class cargo ship
Displacement: 4,480 long tons (4,550 t) (standard)
15,580 long tons (15,830 t) (full load)
Length: 455 ft (139 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)
Installed power: 6,000 shp (4,500 kW)
Propulsion: 1 × Westinghouse turbine

2 × Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears

1 × shaft
Speed: 15.5 kn (17.8 mph; 28.7 km/h)
Complement: 99 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 5 in (130 mm)/38 caliber dual purpose gun
1 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 caliber dual purpose gun
8 × 20 mm (0.79 in) Oerlikon cannons anti-aircraft gun mounts

USS Provo Victory (AK-228) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. She served in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations through the end of the war, and then returned to the United States for disposal.

Victory built in Richmond, California[edit]

Provo Victory (AK–228) was laid down 28 June 1944 by Permanente Metals Corporation #1, Richmond, California, as S.S. Provo Victory (MCV hull 537); launched 9 September 1944; acquired by the Navy 18 October, and commissioned 18 October 1944, Lt. Comdr. John E. Johansen in command.

World War II service[edit]

Following shakedown off California, Provo Victory (AK–228) reported for duty 8 November 1944. In 1944 she operated at San Francisco, California, in November, and then at Eniwetok, Ulithi, and the Palau Islands from December 1944 into February 1945.

During the remainder of 1945 her cargo duties took her to Guam and Pearl Harbor in March, Seattle, Washington, in April, Ulithi in May, Leyte from June to October, Eniwetok and Seattle in November.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Decommissioned 10 April 1946, she was returned to the War Shipping Administration at Seattle, Washington, that day, and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 8 May 1946.


  1. ^ "USS Provo Victory (AK-228)". Retrieved May 28, 2015.