USS Pontiac AF-20

An Ottawa Indian chief, Pontiac headed a general Indian uprising in 1763 known as Pontiac’s War, remembered for the attack on the British
 at Detroit. He made peace in 1766 and remained friendly to the colonists until his death in 1769.
Pontiac Class Stores Ship:

The 4th Pontiac, a refrigerator ship built by Nakskov Skibs. A/C, Nakskov, Denmark in 1937, was operated as Australian Reefer by J. Lauretzen, Esbjerg, Denmark, between New York and South America until after the occupation of Denmark by Nazi forces.

Taken over by the US Maritime Commission in the summer of 1941 under the authority of Public Law 101, 77th Congress and Executive Order 8771, 6 June 1941, she was renamed Pontiac and operated by U.S. Lines between New York and Australia and New Zealand until 5 February 1942. After voyage repairs she was transferred to the Navy on an indefinite time charter basis, 11 May 1942, and Commissioned as Pontiac (AF–20), 12 May 1942.

Displacement 5,410 t.(fl)      Length 447' 10"    Beam 60'    Draft 18 11"     Speed 15.5 kts.
Complement  166   Armament [2] single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, [2] twin 20mm AA gun mounts.
Propulsion   System Unknown

On the 30th of Janurary 1945, while in heavy seas off Halifax, Pontiac's hull was damaged by a loose paravane. She began taking water in her forward compartments and sank in 40’ of water off MacNab Island. Raised on 17 February, she was towed to Halifax for temporary repairs.




Music by TIM BARRON SM3 1968-70 USS Kawishiwi AO-146