USS Alcyone (AKA-7)

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Career
Name: USS Alcyone
Namesake: Alcyone
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 12 January 1939, as SS Mormacgull
Launched: 28 August 1939
Acquired: by purchase, 31 May 1941
Commissioned: 15 June 1941
Decommissioned: 23 July 1946
Renamed: USS Alcyone (AK-24), 3 June 1941
Reclassified: AKA-7 (attack cargo ship), 26 November 1942
Struck: 15 August 1946
Honours and
awards:
8 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Sold into merchant service, 17 March 1947
Scrapped, 1969
General characteristics
Class & type: Arcturus-class attack cargo ship
Type: Type C2 ship
Displacement: 14,225 long tons (14,453 t) full
Length: 459 ft 1 in (139.93 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Complement: 399
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount
• 4 × 3 in (76 mm) gun mounts

USS Alcyone (AKA-7) was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship named after Alcyone, the brightest star in the star cluster Pleiades. She served as a commissioned ship for 5 years and 1 month.

The ship was laid down as Mormacgull under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 30) on 12 January 1939 at Chester, Pennsylvania, by the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Hull 179; launched on 28 August 1939; sponsored by Miss Barbara Ann Moore; delivered 13 October 1939 to owner/operator Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc.; purchased by the Navy on 31 May 1941; renamed Alcyone and designated AK-24 on 3 June 1941; converted for naval service by the Boston Navy Yard; and placed in commission on 15 June 1941, Comdr. Daniel M. McGurl in command.

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