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(AKA-10) was an Almaack class attack cargo ship named after
Almaack, a star system in the constellation Andromeda. She served
as a commissioned ship for 4 years and 11 months. Laid down as the
merchant ship Executor on 14 March 1940, under a Maritime
Commission contract (MC hull 104), at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the
Fore River yard of Bethlehem Steel Co.; launched on 21 September
1940; sponsored by Mrs. A.R. Winnett; and delivered to her owners,
the American Export Lines, on 22 October 1940. Executor made two
voyages to India before being acquired by the Navy on 3 June 1941
for conversion to a cargo ship. Renamed Almaack and classified as
AK-27. Converted at the Tietjen and Lang Dry Dock Co., Hoboken,
N.J., Almaack was commissioned at the Army Transport Service Base,
Brooklyn, on 15 June 1941, Comdr. Thomas R. Cooley in command.
Almaackwith a cargo of heavy roadbuilding equipment and coalcleared
New York in convoy on 27 July 1941, bound for Iceland. Screened by
a battleship, three heavy cruisers, and seven destroyers, the
convoy included Almaack, a transport, a storeship and an oiler, and
the aircraft carrier Wasp (CV-7)the latter with planes of the 33d
Pursuit Squadron (Curtiss P-40s) on board, earmarked for the
defense of the base in Iceland. The convoy reached Reykjavk on 6
August, with Wasp launching the planes without incident. Almaack
discharged her cargo at Reykjavk over the ensuing days, and
departed that port on 12 August. After loading at New York, Almaack
proceeded to Trinidad, arriving there, via San Juan, Puerto Rico,
on 20 September 1941. Returning thence to New York, the cargo ship
sailed independently for Halifax, Nova Scotia, there joining convoy
HX 154 for her second run to Iceland. On 13 November 1941, Almaa...
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