USS Cabell (AK-166)

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USS Cabell (AK-166) at anchor, location unknown, circa late 1945.
USS Cabell (AK-166) at anchor, location unknown, circa late 1945.
United States
Name: Cabell
Namesake: Cabell County, West Virginia
Ordered: MC hull 2111
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Richmond, California
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 23 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. W. P. Gilmore
Acquired: 11 April 1945
Commissioned: 11 April 1945
Decommissioned: 19 July 1946
Struck: 31 July 1946
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-166
Fate: October 1963, posted as missing in Gulf of Aden, enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia from Yugoslavia, with cargo of concrete reinforcing bars
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power: 1,750 shp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 11.5 kn (13.2 mph; 21.3 km/h)
Capacity: 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted

USS Cabell (AK-166) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.

Cabell (AK-166) was launched 23 December 1944, by Kaiser Cargo Co., Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. W. P. Gilmore; acquired by the Navy 11 April 1945; commissioned the same day, Lieutenant E. J. McCluskey, USNR, in command; and reported to the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations

Cabell made one cargo voyage from San Francisco, California, to Eniwetok and San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands, between 1 June 1945 and 22 August. She sailed from San Francisco again 8 September with cargo for Eniwetok and Yokosuka Naval Base in Tokyo Bay, where she arrived 7 October.

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

Post-war decommissioning

She was decommissioned at Seattle, Washington, 19 July 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission 3 days later. The ship was sold to a Swedish firm and reflagged as MV Sommen in 1947. In 1963, it was reflagged again as the Greek ship MV Donald, and disappeared later in the year, with 27 people and a 5,000 ton cargo of iron bound for Indonesia. The ship had last been heard from on August 25, 1963, when the captain sent word that the ship had encountered rough seas in the Indian Ocean.[2]


  1. "USS Cabell (AK-166)". Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  2. "Ship Missing, 26 Aboard", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 25, 1963

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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