USS Lebanon (AK-191)

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Namesake: named after a county in southeastern Pennsylvania
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 15 May 1944
Launched: 14 October 1944
Acquired: 25 August 1945
Commissioned: 26 September 1945 at New Orleans, Louisiana
Decommissioned: 15 November 1946
Renamed: renamed Coastal Archer post-war
Struck: 1946 (est.)
Fate: returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 November 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: Alamosa; Type C1-M-AV1
Displacement: 2,382 tons
Length: 338 ft 6 in (103.17 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draught: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: diesel engine
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 85
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, six 20mm guns

USS Lebanon (AK-191/AG-2) was a C1-M-AV1-type cargo ship constructed for the U.S. Navy during the end of World War II. However, as the war was ending, the need for additional cargo ships was found not necessary and Lebanon was sold for commercial service.

Lebanon – the second U.S. Navy ship to bear that name -- was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, 15 May 1944; launched 14 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Charles E. Denny; acquired by the Navy 25 August 1945; and commissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana, 26 September 1945, Lt. Robert K. Stuart in command. The end of World War II reduced the need for cargo ships and Lebanon decommissioned 15 November 1946. She was returned to the Maritime Commission the same day, was chartered to Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, Inc., and renamed Coastal Archer.


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

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