From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Beltrami is a county in Minnesota.

(AK-162; dp. 2483; l. 338'8"; b. 50'; dr. 21'1"; s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3"; cl. Alamosa)

Beltrami (AK-162) was launched 26 September 1944 by Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Marvin A. Thrash, transferred to the Navy 4 January 1945; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant G. W. Rahill USNR, in command.

Assigned to Service Force, Pacific Fleet, Beltrami departed the west coast 19 February 1945 for the Solomon Islands. She carried cargo among the Admiralty, Caroline, Marianas, and Philippine Islands until after the close of hostilities. Arriving at Shanghai, China, 18 November, she remained there until leaving for the United States 26 January 1946. Beltrami arrived at San Francisco 23 February and Baltimore, Md., 9 April.

Following an overhaul at Boston Navy Yard she joined TF 68, 15 July 1946 for Operation Nanook, the resupply of Arctic weather stations. Following her return to Boston the cargo vessel operated from Bayonne, N. J., and Norfolk shuttling cargo to the Caribbean. She also made one voyage to Newfoundland and three to the Mediterranean (11 February-15 April 1949, 8 October-2 December 1949, and 15 June-7 August 1951) as well as one to England and Casablanca, French Morocco (20 July-8 September 1950). Placed in commission in reserve at Charleston Naval Shipyard, 1 August 1955, she was towed to Savannah, Ga. and placed out of commission in reserve 10 November 1955.