USS Besboro AG-66


Besboro
: An island in Norton Sound off the coast of Alaska.   -   Photo: 13 October, 1943

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
Completed in December 1918 as SS Caddopeak at Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, OR.
Delivered to the (USSB) United States Shipping Board - Renamed SS Cook 1922; SS Nelson 1923; and  SS Lurline Burns 1937 to 1943
Acquired, 8 June 1943 from Burns Steamship Co. Commissioned, USS Besboro (AG-66), 22 September 1943, at Seattle, WA.

Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA. Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
Sold, 23 May 1947, to Waterman Steamship Corp. name restored to SS Lurline Burns
Sold in 1948 to Wellem & Co. Hong Kong BCC, renamed SS Shapur, reflagged Panamanian. Fate Unknown

Specifications:   Displacement 1,716 t.(lt) 5,500 t.(fl)   Length 300'   Beam 44'   Draft 19' 4" (lim.)   Speed 9 kts.
Complement:  Officers 8  Enlisted 57  Troop Accommodations 340    
Armament:  [3] single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts   [4] single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 4,280 Bbls   Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
  Propulsion: [1] Albina vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine - Similar to Jeremiah O'Brien's engine.
[2] Scotch, single end boilers, 180psi Sat.   [2] 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators     single propeller, 1,600shp

Her rig consisted of two masts, one on the forecastle and one on the poop, and two kingpost pairs, one at each end of the amidships superstructure. This class (EFC Design 1049) had an unusually long midships island (shelter deck) and was about 50 feet longer than the numerous World War I Great Lakes cargo ships, some of which had the same rig.  From: Shipscribe


USS Besboro (AG-66) underway near Naval Station, Seattle, WA., 13 October 1943, soon after commissioning. As a merchant ship she retained her original rig and long shelter deck, although the rig appears to have been strengthened for handling lumber.



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