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USS Lancaster (AK-193)
Career (USA) Union Navy Jack
Name: Lancaster
Namesake: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2124
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1 July 1944
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 21 September 1945
Commissioned: 21 September 1945 as USS Lancaster (AK-193)
Decommissioned: 23 November 1945
Struck: date unknown
Fate: returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal, 23 November 1945
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 Lancaster (AK-193) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed by the U.S. Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission shortly after commissioning.

Service career[edit | edit source]

The fourth ship to be so named by the Navy, Lancaster (AK-193), ex-MC Hull 2124, was laid down 1 July 1944 by Walter Butler Shipbuilding Inc., Superior, Wisconsin; launched the same year; acquired by the Navy 21 September 1945; and commissioned the same day.

The end of World War II reduced the need for cargo ships, and Lancaster decommissioned 23 November 1945. She was struck at an unknown date. Lancaster was returned to the War Shipping Administration. There is no record of her subsequent career.

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