USS Sebastian (AK-211)
|Namesake:||A county in Arkansas|
|Ordered:||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2165|
|Builder:||Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||10 August 1944|
|Launched:||21 December 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Miss J.C. Sullivan|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy, 10 August 1945|
|Commissioned:||11 September 1945 as USS Sebastian (AK-211)|
|Decommissioned:||14 November 1945|
|Renamed:||Coastal Highflyer by the U.S. Maritime Commission|
|Refit:||converted to AK at New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Struck:||28 November 1945|
|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 Sebastian (AK-211) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was retained by the Navy for only a short period of service before being inactivated as “excess to needs.”
Built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Sebastian (AK-211) was laid down on 10 August 1944 under U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2165) by the Leathern D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; launched on 21 December 1944; sponsored by Miss J.C. Sullivan; delivered to the U.S. Maritime Commission on 31 January 1945; acquired by the Navy on loan charter on 10 August 1945; converted to an AK at New Orleans, Louisiana; and commissioned on 11 September 1945.
Commissioned after the end of World War II, Sebastian was retained by the Navy only briefly.
She was decommissioned on 14 November 1945 and simultaneously returned to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration for subsequent maritime service under the name Coastal Highflyer. The name Sebastian was struck from the Navy list on 28 November 1945.
- 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 - AK-211 Sebastian