USS Hidalgo (AK-189)

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Career (USA) Union Navy Jack
Name: Hidalgo
Namesake: A county in New Mexico
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 28 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife of the Senator from Florida
Commissioned: 4 August 1945 as USS Hidalgo (AK-189) at Galveston, Texas
Decommissioned: 26 April 1946, at Norfolk, Virginia
Struck: date unknown
Honours and
American Campaign Medal
Fate: sold to Turkey in 1947 and renamed SS Rize
General characteristics
Type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,382 tons
Tons burthen: 7,435 tons
Length: 388' 8"
Beam: 50'
Draft: 21' 1"
Propulsion: Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp
Speed: 11.5 knots
Complement: 85 officers and enlisted
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; six 20mm guns

USS Hidalgo (AK-189) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission.

Built in Superior, Wisconsin

Hidalgo (AK-189), a diesel-powered C1-M-AV1 cargo hull, was launched 28 July 1944 under Maritime Commission contract by Walter Butler Shipbuilding, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, sponsored by Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife of the Senator from Florida; placed in service while being towed to Galveston, Texas, and commissioned 4 August 1945, Lt. John W. Thompson in command.

Naval service

After conducting a brief shakedown cruise off the coast of Texas, Hidalgo sailed to the Panama Canal Zone for routing to the Pacific Ocean 5 September 1945, but the war's end brought orders to proceed to Norfolk, Virginia.


The ship arrived in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 11 March 1946 and decommissioned 26 April 1946. Subsequently, she was sold to Turkey for $693,862.00 and serves as cargo ship SS Rize in merchant service.

Honors and awards

Qualified Hidalgo personnel were eligible for the following: