USS Marengo (AK-194)

USS Marengo (AK-194) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed by the US Navy during the closing period of World War II. She was declared excess-to-needs and returned to the US Maritime Commission shortly after commissioning.

United States
  • Coastal Spartan (1944–1945)
  • Marengo (1945)
Namesake: Marengo County, Alabama
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2125[1]
Builder: Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 43[1]
Laid down: 4 July 1944
Launched: 4 December 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. R. W. Higgins
Acquired: 24 August 1945
Commissioned: 21 September 1945
Decommissioned: 23 November 1945
Struck: date unknown
Fate: returned to Maritime Commission, 23 November 1945
United States
Name: Coastal Spartan
Owner: Maritime Commission
  • North Atlantic & Gulf SS Company (1945–1946)
  • South Atlantic SS Line (1948)
Acquired: 23 November 1945
In service: 23 November 1945
Out of service: 22 April 1948
Fate: sent to reserve fleet
Status: sold, 19 July 1965
Notes: sold for non-transportation use
United States
Name: Coastal Spartan
Owner: Boston Metals, Company
Acquired: 19 July 1965
Status: sold
United States
  • Cyclone (1971–1975)
  • Ocean Cyclone (1975–1989)
Owner: Storm Drilling Company
In service: December 1971
  • converted to drilling ship, December 1971
  • converted to crane ship, 1975
Fate: sold late 1989
United States
Name: Northern Victor
Owner: Seafoods Wholesalers, Inc.
Acquired: 1989
In service: 19 October 1990
Out of service: 1999
Refit: converted to fish processing vessel, 1989–1990
Fate: sold
United States
Name: Northern Victor
Owner: Icicle Seafoods Inc.
Acquired: 1999
Status: Active
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 × propeller
Speed: 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted


Marengo (AK 194) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2125, by Walter Butler Shipbuilders Inc., Superior, Wisconsin, 4 July 1944; launched 4 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Higgins; acquired by the Navy at New Orleans, Louisiana, 24 August 1945; placed in service the same day she was acquired, and was used for ferrying from Beaumont, Texas, to Galveston, Texas. She was placed out of service on arrival the 29 August; and commissioned 21 September.[3]

Post-war decommissioning

The end of World War Il reduced the need for cargo ships, so Marengo decommissioned 23 November and was transferred to War Shipping Administration (WSA) the same day. The ship was subsequently operated by North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Co., under the name Coastal Spartan.[3]

Merchant service

Coastal Spartan was contracted to North Atlantic & Gulf SS Company and South Atlantic SS Line until being laid up in the reserve fleet in Wilmington, North Carolina, on 22 April 1948.[2]

She was sold to Boston Metals, Company, on 19 July 1965, for non-transportation use.[2]

In December 1971, she was sold to Storm Drilling Company, and converted to a drilling ship. She was renamed Cyclone on 30 December 1971. She was again converted in 1975, to a crane ship and renamed Ocean Cyclone.[2]

She was sold in 1989, converted by the Eastern Shipbuilding Company, Panama City, Florida, to a fish processing vessel in 1989–1990.[2][4]

In late 1999, she was acquired by Icicle Seafoods, Inc.[2]




    Online resources

    • "Marengo". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 19 November 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
    • "C1 Cargo Ships". 28 August 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
    • "USS Marengo (AK-194)". 17 July 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
    • "Coastal Spartan". United States Department of Transportation. Retrieved 19 November 2016.

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