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USS Pitkin (AK-204)

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USS Pitkin (AK-204)

Career (USA)
Name: Pitkin
Namesake: A county in Colorado
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC Hull 2158
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, May 1945
Commissioned: n/a
Decommissioned: n/a
Struck: date unknown
Fate: returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission
Notes: renamed Coastal Observer; fate unknown
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 Pitkin (AK-204) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. By the time she was scheduled for commissioning, the war’s end caused her to be declared “excess to needs” and she was returned to the U.S. Government and struck by the Navy.


Pitkin (AK–204) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin. She was transferred to the Navy in May 1945. Pitkin was scheduled for commissioning. However, because of the Allied victory in the Pacific Ocean theatre of operations, her commissioning was cancelled. Pitkin was ordered returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal. She was subsequently renamed Coastal Observer. Her subsequent fate is not known.


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