USS Cygnus (AF-23)
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0692-9;
USS Cygnus (AF-23) was an Cygnus-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering necessary goods and equipment to ships and stations in the war zone. Cygnus (AF-23) was built as SS La Perla in 1925 by Cammell Laird, Liverpool, England; acquired by the Navy 12 August 1942; and commissioned 11 August 1942, Lieutenant Commander W. W. Williamson, USNR, in command. After sailing in convoy to Pearl Harbor and back between 4 September and 24 September 1942, Cygnus cleared San Francisco, California, 10 October and arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, 3 November. Until 5 January 1944 she operated on a regular run carrying chilled meats and vegetables from Auckland to the American bases at Tongatapu, Tonga Islands; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Bora Bora, Society Islands; Cook Island; and Funafuti, Ellice Islands. Between 18 January 1944 and 9 September 1945 she sailed on similar duty from Auckland...
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