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Caledonia II (AK-167)

(AK-167: dp. 2,382; l. 338'6"; b. 50'; dr. 21'1"; s. 11 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa)

Caledonia, the ancient name for Scotland, is also the name of a county in Vermont.

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The second Caledonia (AK-167) was launched 1 January 1945 by Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. V. Brown; acquired by the Navy 13 March 1945; commissioned the same day, Lieutenant F. G. Stelte in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Assigned to a role in the Navy's gigantic logistic task of supplying military forces in the Pacific while still carrying out naval, air, and amphibious warfare, Caledonia sailed from San Francisco 1 May 1945, laden with cargo for the base at Manus, where she began discharging 23 May. The cargo ship completed offloading at Samar, P.I., on 22 June, then steamed to Darwin, Australia, and Milne Bay, New Guinea, to reload supplies essentially needed in the Philippines. After offloading at Samar and Subic Bay in August and September, Caledonia made another voyage to Noumea, New Caledonia, for cargo, returning to Samar, from which she cleared 30 December for Baltimore, Md. Caledonia was decommissioned there 25 March 1946, and was returned to the Maritime Commission four days later.

Published: Mon Jun 29 14:24:19 EDT 2015