USS Craighead (AK-175)

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United States
Name: Craighead
Namesake: Craighead County, Arkansas
Ordered: MC hull 2148[1]
Builder: Froemming Brothers, Inc, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1944
Launched: 28 February 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. W. R. Provoost
Acquired: 31 July 1945
Commissioned: 5 September 1945
Decommissioned: 18 January 1946
Struck: 7 February 1946
Identification: Hull symbol:AK-175
Fate: Sold in 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $693,862.00, passed to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed SS Kastamonu
Status: scrapped in January 1984 at Aliaga, Turkey
General characteristics [2]
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 Craighead (AK-175) 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.

Craighead (AK-175) was launched 28 February 1945 by Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. W. R. Provoost; transferred to the Navy 31 July 1945; and commissioned 5 September 1945, Lieutenant Commander G. M. Walker, USNR, in command.

Post-World War II activity

Craighead sailed from Galveston, Texas, 25 September 1945 and arrived at Davisville, Rhode Island, 4 October to load cargo for construction battalions on the U.S. West Coast. She sailed from Davisville 25 October, arriving at San Pedro, California, 15 November. After sailing on cargo duty between Port Hueneme, San Pedro, and San Francisco, California, she sailed 14 December 1945 for Norfolk where she arrived 5 January 1946.


Craighead was decommissioned 18 January 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal.


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

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