From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Birgit is a celestial body.

(AKA-24: dp. 4087; l. 426'; b. 58'; dr. 15'6"; s. 17 k.; cpl. 303; a. 1 5"; cl. Artemis)

Birgit (AKA-24) was launched 18 July 1944 by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, R. I., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Ella A. Cunard; transferred to the Navy 28 October 1944; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander G. J. Burke, USNR, in command.

From 6 December 1944 to 21 August 1945 Birgit carried cargo and passengers in the Marianas and Marshalls and then enlarged her area of operations to include the Philippines and Japan. She returned to San Francisco 1 January 1946 and arrived at New Orleans 18 February. Decommissioned there 15 March 1946, she was returned to the Maritime Commission 1 July 1946.