USS Screven (AK-210)

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Name: Screven
Namesake: A county in Georgia
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2164
Builder: Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Laid down: 11 July 1944
Launched: 30 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Harold Roeth
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 3 July 1945
Commissioned: 2 August 1945 as USS Screven (AK-210)
Decommissioned: 30 April 1946, at Baltimore, Maryland
Struck: 8 May 1946
Fate: sold in 1947 and renamed Norlindo; sold for crapping in 1968
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 Screven (AK-210) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She served in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations and returned home in 1946 to be placed into the “mothball” fleet where she remained until sold in 1947 for commercial maritime service.

Built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Screven (AK-210) was laid down under U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2164) on 11 July 1944 by Leathern D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; launched on 30 November 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Harold Roeth; acquired on 3 July 1945; and commissioned on 2 August 1945.

World War II-related service

After shakedown, Screven arrived at Gulfport, Mississippi, on 31 August 1945 to load cargo. She sailed on 21 September and, after stops at the Panama Canal Zone and Pearl Harbor, arrived at Guam on 16 November. Departing from Guam on 19 December, the ship arrived at San Francisco, California, on 9 January 1946 and proceeded to the U.S. East Coast.

Post-war inactivation

Screven arrived at Baltimore, Maryland, on 10 April for inactivation, and was decommissioned on 30 April. She was redelivered to the Maritime Commission on 7 May 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 8 May.

The freighter was purchased in 1947, by the Norwegian firm of Benham and Boyesin, Inc., as Norlindo, and became the Peruvian naval transport, Ilo, in 1959. She was sold to Spanish shipbreakers in 1968.