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|Diary of a C&GS surveyor who worked around Kodiak 1919 and 1920. It gives a vivid picture of travels and living here during that period. The camp may be at Cape Kekurnoi on the south side of the Alaska Penninsula. NOAA photo search - pix of the camp - survey ship SURVEYOR.|
Captain William McCaslan Scaife USC&GS
Other Coastal Defense Bunkers
USCG Bouy Tender Ironwood.
Click on the picture for a web page about its history and decommissioning.
USCG Storis, WMEC38
USCG Firebush, WAGL-393; WLB-393
The St. Mihiel (san mee YEL) ferried many troops to Kodiak during WWII.
The USS St. Mihiel, AP-32, 8213 tons, named for a
(about 150 miles east of Paris, 20 miles South of Verdun, in Meuse)
involved in World War I,
was one of the ships used to evacuate wounded from the battle of Attu.
This is from page 78 of The Forgotten War Volume Four.
According to an article by Charles Gum in Alaska Geographic, World
War II in Alaska, Vol 22, No 4 page 48, the St. Mihiel was a World
War I liberty ship converted into a troop carrier. Mr. Gum arrived in
Kodiak on the ship September 16, 1941. Prior to WWII she was an Army ship.
John R. Fahey was a radioman aboard her.
More on Navsource.
US Navy Ship Kodiak LSM 161 wasn't named Kodiak until 1959.
This picture was taken in the fifties and came from
Tom V. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Click on the thumbnail for the full image (210,477 bytes).
According to Jane's 1958-59 (page 407) this class displaced 743 tons beaching
(1095 tons full load), 196.5 feet long at water line, 203.5 ft overall, 34.5 ft beam,
8.5 ft draft. They carried 2 - 40mm AA guns. Diesel 2 shafts, BHP 2800 = 12.5 knots.
Complement 59. Could carry 5 medium tanks.
Beached near the VFW in Monashka Bay in 1941 because the
soft iron riveted hull started leaking.
Was used as an oil lighter.
Also see photo of this ship at a dock in Womens Bay circa 1940.
A map showing this dock is on our maps page.
Catwalk leading to ALGONQUIN in Womens Bay, 27 Dec. 1940 NAS Kodiak (VFW collection)
She was built in 1898 as a steam and sailing ship and converted during the war to navy ship YAG29.
See page 248 Vol 2, The Forgotten War for more pictures.
Algonquin (Cutter) - The former Coast Guard cutter Algonquin was chartered
by Siems-Drake-Puget Sound and towed to Kodiak by the Patricia Foss
following installation of a 1,200 kilowatt generator by the Puget Sound
Bridge & Dredging Company serving as a generating plant there in connection
with Air base construction. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1940, H.W.
McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest.
Navsource has a page on her but if you search Navsource there are more images.
Hauling out YP-73 on seaplane ramp, Womens Bay, 10 April 1941 NAS Kodiak (VFW collection)
grounded and lost at Kodiak 15 January 1945.
Shuttle boat at Long Island dock. (Dan Vesper photo)
SS Tanana, Womens Bay (VFW collection)
SS Mary D and SS Cordova, Womens Bay - 21 Nov 39 (VFW Collection)
USF&WS Eider, circa 1939 (Norman Sutliff collection)
from collection of Jean-Yves Brouard
added 9 September 2015
The STAR of KODIAK (Originally the
USNS ALBERT M. BOE, #248849, hull No. MC-3132)
was the last one built in 1945.
She was built on ways No. 10 at one of the
shipyards, New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland Maine.
The keel was laid on 11 July 1945.
It was launched 26 September 1945 and delivered 30 October 1945.
She is type Z-EC2-S-C5
which is a BOXED AIRCRAFT TRANSPORT.
The Liberty was 441 feet long and 56 feet wide.
Her three-cylinder, reciprocating steam engine, fed by two oil-burning boilers
produced 2,500 hp and a speed of 11 knots.
Laid up on 22 January 1954 in the Olympia National Defense Reserve Fleet in the Columbia River near Olympia, Washington.
Sold 7 August 1964 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland Oregon for $65,533 for non-transportation use.
This ship was brought from Blaine, Washington in 1965 to serve as an Alaska Packers
seafood processing plant after the 1964 tsunami washed out their shore-based plant.
She is situated, firmly aground, next to the ferry dock in downtown Kodiak.
On January 19, 1995, the Tyson Seafood Group bought her from All Alaskan Seafoods.
She was originally named for Albert M. Boe (1916-1944), a merchant seaman
killed in an explosion aboard "USAT FS-214" in 1944.
Engine, (no longer aboard).
List of Liberty Ships.
[revised 27 Sep 2008]
Tug Commissioner and barge William Muller, 24 May 1940
higher resolution 258k
USAT U.S. GRANT, 10,352 tons, made several trips including 1124 men on 3 September 1941.
USNS Frederick Funston,
ferried naval personnel and families to Kodiak.
She was operated by the Navy's Military Sea Transportation
Service, was built in 1942 at Tacoma, Washington, and is named in honor of
Major General Frederick Funston, a medal of honor holder who served as a
colonel in the Spanish-American War. A troop and dependent carrier, the
Funston has a length of 492 feet, a beam of 70 feet, a weight of 11,969
gross tons, and a cruising speed of 16 1/2 knots. She is seen here in
Seattle's Elliott Bay.
Thanks to Judie Freeman for the photo and information.
Timothy Smith's page. The MSTS Frederick Funston is mentioned in many issues of
the KODIAK BEAR in 1951.
Chuck Roberts sailed on the USNS James O'Hara through Kodiak circa 1953.
USS Wright, AV-1, visited Kodiak July 9, 1938 and issued a
USAT Brig. Gen. M.G. Zalinski at Army Dock Kodiak
Casco, Seaplane tender for Fleet Air Wing FOUR
Another FAW4 tender was USS Williamson
USS Namakagon AOG-53
a Patapsco class gasoline tanker was homeported at Kodiak between 1947 and 1953.
Cusk, Rasher, Carbonero and Tunny in Kodiak 1958.
USS Cusk (SS 348)
arrives in Kodiak 1958.
USS SPICA delivered Army personnel 6 July 1941
The SS YALE, a retired ocean liner,
was used as a floating hotel in Kodiak for defense contractors during WWII.
She was never a US Navy vessel.
There are many large anchors around town. They measure six feet and seven inches wide at the widest part of the flanks. The harbor department has placed some of them as decorative items. They may have been left when the Navy departed. Does anybody have the true story on these? Some of the inscriptions read:
1 43 BALDT-52 US NAVY PSF 231 PSF A4901 8-48 231 5 5
Ships, general, not Kodiak
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
Recommended books and publications
THE FORGOTTEN WAR by
Stan Cohen in FOUR volumes 1981 to present.
Vol 1: North Country Defenses 1867-1941, Northwest Staging Route, The Alaska Highway, The Canol Project, Lend-Lease to Russia, Transportation Systems, Towns and Airfields, North Country at War, Aleutian Islands Defenses, Dutch Harbor, Adak, Amchitka, The Navy at War, The Air Force at War, The Battle of Attu, The Kiska Occupation, Legacy of the War. Page 86 top is identified as Ft Greely Kodiak but it is actually the navy base with left-right flipped. Page 86 bottom is a good aerial view of the Kodiak navy base and army base in July 1941. INDEX
Vol 2: North Country at War, Canol Project, Russian Lend-Lease, Transportation System, Alaska National Guard, Excursion Inlet, Airfields, Dutch harbor, Attu, Kiska, Attu, Shemya, Legacy of the War. INDEX
Vol 3: North Country at War, Cold Bay, Dutch Harbor, Communities at War, Cold Weather Testing Facility & Ladd Field, Royal Canadian Air Force, Lend-Lease, 10th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron, Naval Activity, Annette Island, Seward, Kodiak, Adak, Amchitka, A One Man Civilian Air Force, Kurile Islands Operation, Postal History, Legacy of War. INDEX
Vol 4: North Country at War, The Alaska Highway, The Canol Project, Transportation Systems, Communications & Russian Lend-Lease, Soldiers of the Mist - The Alaska Territorial Guard, Attu, Kiska, Additional Revised Printing Information & Photos, Legacy of the War. INDEX THIS IS A MUST-HAVE SET!
Subjects and sites in the Kodiak area that we'd like to know more about
Do you know about any of these? Any amount of information is welcome no matter how small. E-mail to
http://www.kadiak.org/ww2.html This page updated 12 May 2015, 9 September 2015, 15 April 2016, 3 August 2017, 28 June 2019