- USS Pipestone (AK-203)
USS "Pipestone" (AK-203) was an "Alamosa"-class
cargo shipthat was constructed for the U.S. Navyduring 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.
Built in Superior, Wisconsin
"Pipestone" (AK–203) was laid down under
U.S. Maritime Commissioncontract by Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wisconsin. She was transferred to the Navy in April 1945.
"Pipestone" was scheduled for commissioning. However, because of the Allied victory in the
Pacific Oceantheatre of operations, her commissioning was delayed.
"Pipestone" was ordered returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal. She was subsequently renamed "Coastal Explorer". Her subsequent fate is not known.
There is no journal entry for "Pipestone" at
United States Navy
World War II
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/13/130203.htm NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AK-203 Pipestone]
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