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Nashira

 

The third brightest star in the constellation Capricorn.

 

(AK–85: dp. 5,202 (f.); l. 269’10”; b. 42’6”, dr. 20’9”; s. 10 k.; cpl. 83; a. 1 3”, 8 20mm.; cl. Enceladus; T. N3–S–A1)

 

Nashira (AK–85), originally assigned the name Josiah Paul, was transferred from the control of the Maritime Commission to the Navy 1 January 1943, prior to the start of construction. Renamed Nashira 30 October 1943, she was laid down by Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J., 1 November 1943; launched 23 April 1944; sponsored by Miss Patricia Palmer; delivered to the Navy 25 April 1944; and transferred to the Army the same day for use as an Army cargo ship. Nashira was struck from the Navy List 9 June 1944.