USS ARCTURUS (AF-52)
Golden Eagle (T-AF-52) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract 8 December 1941 by Moore Dry Dock Co.
launched 15 March 1942; sponsored by Mrs. John B. McKee
and delivered to WSA 23 April 1943. As a merchant ship
she operated under charter to United Fruit Co. from 1944 to 1946 and to United States Lines from 1947 to 1948. Transferred from the Maritime Commission
she was acquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 and assigned to MSTS.
Manned by a civilian crew
Golden Eagle operated out of New York
carrying supplies to American bases in the North Atlantic
and the Mediterranean. During November and December 1950 she deployed to the Mediterranean for provisioning operations
and during the first 6 months of 1951 she transported cargo to Bremerhaven and Liverpool. Following a second deployment to the Mediterranean
she departed New York 3 August for logistics duty off Thule
Greenland. Returning to New York 13 September
she resumed transatlantic service the 19th. While steaming to Liverpool 2 January 1952
she participated in the rescue of seamen from the stricken merchant ship Flying Dutchman.
Between 1952 and 1961 Golden Eagle maintained a constant schedule of runs to ports in Western Europe. Operating out of New York
she steamed to Bremerhaven
and Rotterdam. During August and September of 1952 and 1953 she supplied ships participating in Operation "Blue Jay" at Thule
and cargo runs in the North Atlantic have sent her to Newfoundland
and Baffin Island. In addition to provisioning and cargo duties
she carried sealed atomic wastes from Bremerhaven and disposed of the material in the mid-Atlantic while returning to the East Coast.
After returning to New York 10 August 1961
Golden Eagle entered New York Navy Yard 14 August. Renamed Arcturus 18 October
she commissioned 18 November
Captain M. B. Davis in command. After shakedown in the Caribbean
she departed her homeport
for the Mediterranean in June 1962. While deployed with the 6th Fleet
she provisioned 51 ships
both at sea and in Spanish and Italian ports. She returned to the Mediterranean in December; and between 1963 and 1965 she has deployed six times to replenish ships of the 6th Fleet.
When not operating in the Mediterranean
Arcturus has supported exercises in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. During February 1966 she provisioned ships during Operation "Springboard" in the Caribbean. After deploying to the Mediterranean in April
she steamed to the northwestern coast of Europe and touched ports in Holland
and Denmark during June. Two months later she departed Norfolk on her 10th deployment to the Mediterranean. At present she continues to support the mighty 6th Fleet and provides valuable aid for the continuing struggle to defend the cause of freedom in that troubled part of the world.
[Note: The above USS ARCTURUS (AF-52) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ARCTURUS (AF-52) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]