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Cabell (AK-166)


A county in West Virginia. 

(AK-166; displacement 2,382; length 338'6"; beam 50'; draft 21'1"; speed 12 knots; complement 85; armament 1 3-inch, 6 20 millimeter; class Alamosa; type C1-M-AV1)

Cabell (AK-166) was launched 23 December 1944 by Kaiser Cargo Co., Richmond, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull No. 2111); sponsored by Mrs. W. P. Gilmore; acquired by the Navy on 11 April 1945 and commissioned the same day, Lt. E. J. McCluskey, USNR, in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Cabell made one cargo voyage from San Francisco to Eniwetok and San Pedro Bay, P.I., between 1 June 1945 and 22 August. Six days after the Japanese surrender to the Allies on 2 September 1945, sShe sailed from San Francisco again on 8 September with cargo for Eniwetok and Yokosuka Naval Base in Tokyo Bay, where she arrived on 7 October.

Continuing that support of occupation operations, she called at ports in the Philippines, and on Okinawa, Saipan, and Guam, before arriving at San Pedro, Calif., on 15 April 1946.

Decommissioned at Seattle, Wash., on 19 July 1946, she was returned to the Maritime Commission three days later [22 July 1946] and entered the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet berthing area at Puget Sound, Wash., at 7:00 p.m. on that date. Delivered to the American Mail Line, Ltd., at Olympia, Wash., under a General Agency Agreement on 7 May 1947, the ship was delivered to Rederiaktieboleget Bris, a Swedish company, on 28 May 1947, the title having been passed to the purchaser the previous day in Washington, D.C.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

2 June 2016

Published: Thu Jun 02 20:06:42 EDT 2016