USNS Sgt. George Peterson (T-AK-248)

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United States
  • Coastal Guide
  • Washtenaw
  • Sgt George Peterson
Ordered: MC hull 2172
Builder: Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Laid down: 9 March 1945, as MV Coastal Guide
Launched: 13 May 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. L. R. Sanford
Completed: 16 July 1945
In service:
  • 23 June 1948, as USAT Sgt George Peterson
  • 1 March 1950, as USNS Sgt George Peterson (T-AK-248)
Out of service: 27 March 1959
Struck: 1966
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-248
Honours and
National Defense Service Medal
  • sold for non-transportation use to John E. Marsh, Brooksville, Florida, for $41,000, 15 December 1971, converted to a private yacht
  • sold in 1979, TransAlaska Fisheries Corp (a subsidiary of 13th Regional Corporation), renamed Al-Ind-Esk-A-Sea, and converted into a fish processor
Status: destroyed by fire 20 October 1982 while undergoing repairs in Port Gardner (Everett, WA). and burned for two days, rolling over and sinking at 10:14am 22 October 182 in 240 ft of water
Notes: U.S. Official Number: 248,682[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Alamosa-class cargo ship (originally planned)
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 3,805 GRT[2]
Displacement: 7,450 tons full load[3]
Length: 388 feet 8 inches (118.5 m)[3]
Beam: 50 feet (15.2 m)[3]
Draft: 21 feet 1 inch (6.4 m)[3]
Speed: 11.5 knots (13.2 mph; 21.3 km/h)[3]
Armament: none

USNS Sgt. George Peterson (T-AK-248) was a United States Maritime Administration C1-M-AV1 type coastal cargo ship, originally planned as an Alamosa-class cargo ship. The contract for building was canceled by the Navy in August 1945. The ship, however, was completed as SS Coastal Guide. She was later acquired by the U.S. Army, 23 June 1948, and renamed USAT Sgt. George Peterson. And, 1 March 1950 she was reacquired by the Navy and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Sgt. George Peterson (T-AK-248). She remained with the Navy until struck in 1966.

Service career

Sgt. George Peterson, originally projected as USS Washtenaw (AK-218), but built as Coastal Guide, was laid down under a U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2172) on 9 March 1945 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; launched on 13 May 1945; sponsored by Mrs. L. R. Sanford; and delivered to the War Shipping Administration on 16 July 1945. Subsequently operated by the United Fruit Company and the Polaris SS Co., Inc., Coastal Guide was transferred to the U.S. Army on 23 June 1948; renamed Sgt. George Peterson. and operated by the Army Transportation Service.

She was transferred to the Navy in July 1950 and placed in service as USNS Sgt. George Peterson (T-AK-248). The cargo ship then commenced eight years of operations in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean, and along the southeastern seaboard of the United States for the Military Sea Transportation Service. During that period, she interrupted her regular service only once—to carry supplies north to arctic stations in the summer of 1955.

Early in 1959, the AK was ordered inactivated; and, in March, she was placed out of service at New Orleans, Louisiana. At mid-month, she was towed to Mobile, Alabama, where, on the 27th, she was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Administration and berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet. She remained in reserve at Mobile until sold for non-transportation use in December 1971.

Honors and awards

Qualified personnel were eligible for the following: