USS Lehigh (AK-192)

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Career (USA) Union Navy Jack
Name: Lehigh
Namesake: A county in Pennsylvania
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 8 June 1944, as Coastal Expounder
Launched: 25 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Stanley Butler
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 30 July 1945
Commissioned: 13 September 1945 as USS Lehigh (AK-192) at New Orleans, Louisiana
Decommissioned: 6 November 1945
Struck: date unknown
Fate: transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal, 6 November 1945
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 Lehigh (AK-192) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed by 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 shortly after commissioning.

Service career

The second ship to be so named by the Navy, Lehigh (AK-192) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin, 8 June 1944; launched 25 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Stanley Butler; acquired by the Navy 30 July 1945.

Lehigh placed in service the same day for ferrying from Beaumont, Texas, to Galveston, Texas; placed out of service on the 31st; and commissioned at New Orleans 13 September 1945, Lt. George Kotnick in command. Because of the reduced need for cargo ships following World War II, Lehigh decommissioned 6 November 1945 and was turned over to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the same day.

Her ultimate fate is not known.