USS Minidoka (AK-196) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the US Maritime Commission.
|Namesake||Minidoka County, Idaho|
|Ordered||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2127|
|Builder||Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin|
|Laid down||26 August 1944|
|Sponsored by||Mrs. R. N. Elder|
|Completed||5 May 1945|
|Commissioned||canceled 25 August 1945|
|Fate||returned to the Maritime Commission|
|Acquired||4 December 1945|
|In service||4 December 1945|
|Out of service||2 July 1948|
|Fate||Sold 13 July 1956|
|Operator||Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costerira, Patrimonio Nacional|
|Acquired||13 July 1956|
|In service||3 January 1957|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tonnage||5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Length||388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)|
|Beam||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draft||21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)|
|Propulsion||1 × propeller|
|Speed||11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
Minidoka, a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2127, by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, 26 August 1944; launched 13 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. R. N. Elder; and completed 5 May 1945. While under conversion for Navy use at the Superior yard of Walter Butler, her conversion was canceled 25 August 1945.
Subsequently, she was returned to the Maritime Commission, renamed Coastal Herald, and operated for the Maritime Commission by Waterman Steamship Corporation and then the United Fruit Company until 1948. She was then sent to the reserve fleet awaiting sale.
On 13 July 1956, she was sold to Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costerira, Patrimonio Nacional, of Brazil, for $693,682, under the condition that she be used for coastal shipping. She was delivered on 3 January 1957. She was scrapped in 1977.
- "Minidoka". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 20 November 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "C1 Cargo Ships". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "USS Minidoka (AK-196)". Navsource.org. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- "Coastal Herald". United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
- Photo gallery of USS Minidoka (AK-196) at NavSource Naval History