USS Hidalgo (AK-189)
|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|
|American Campaign Medal|
|Fate:||sold to Turkey in 1947 and renamed SS Rize|
|Type:||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tons burthen:||7,435 tons|
|Propulsion:||Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp|
|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.
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.
Honors and awards
Qualified Hidalgo personnel were eligible for the following:
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - USS Hidalgo (AK-189)