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SS Albert M. Boe


SS Albert M. Boe

Union Navy Jack United States
Name: SS Albert M. Boe
Builder: New England Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, ME
Laid down: 11 July 1945
Launched: 26 September 1945
Completed: 30 October 1945
Out of service: 1 December 1953
Struck: 11 March 1954
Fate: Converted to a floating cannery in February 1965, renamed SS Star of Kodiak
Status: grounded, but in use
General characteristics
Type: Z-EC2-S-C5
Displacement: 7,175 t.(lt) 11,365 t.(fl)
Length: 442 ft (135 m)
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Propulsion: two 220 PSI boilers, a single three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine, single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, Shaft Horsepower, 2,500
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
Complement: 39

SS Albert M. Boe was a Liberty ship laid down on 11 July 1945 at the East Yard of New England Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland, Maine, as a boxed aircraft transport. The ship is notable as the final liberty ship built. She was named after Chief Engineer Albert M. Boe who remained in the engine room acting to control the spread of fire, despite burns that proved to be fatal, when an engine of the aircraft repair vessel U.S. Army FS-214 exploded. He is credited with saving the lives of other crew members by that action and received the posthumous Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal.[1]

Albert M. Boe was assigned hull number 3132 by the U.S. Maritime Commission (USMC) and was launched on 26 September 1945 (Engine Builder: Filer & Stowell Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin); delivered to the US Army and on 30 October 1945 was commissioned USAT Albert M. Boe.

On 1 March 1950, she was decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by US Navy as USNS Albert M. Boe (T-AKV-6). On 12 January 1953, she was placed out of service, and on 22 January she was transferred to USMC. On 11 March 1954, she was struck from the Naval Register. In 1964, she was sold for commercial service, converted for use as a fish cannery ship, and renamed Star of Kodiak. Though currently landlocked, Star of Kodiak is still in use as the home of Trident Seafoods.


  1. ^ | Naval History & Heritage Command DANFS: Albert M. Boe

External links

  • Merchant Marine Heroes
  • NavSource Online: T-AKV-6 Albert M. Boe

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