USS Minidoka (AK-196)

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Name: Minidoka
Namesake: A county in southern Idaho
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 26 August 1944
Launched: 13 January 1945
Completed: 5 May 1945
Refit: refit at the Superior Yard canceled 25 August 1945
Struck: date unknown
Fate: transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission; sold for commercial service
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 Minidoka (AK-196) 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.

Minidoka (AK 196), a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract 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.

Her ultimate fate is not known.