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USAT James Parker
James Parker (AP-46)

Passenger Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Panama for the Panama Railroad Co. at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, 23 April 1939
  • Delivered, 13 June 1941, to the Maritime Commission and simultaneously delivered to the War Department by the Maritime Commission
  • Designated (AP-46) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
  • Placed in Commission, date unknown by the US Army Transportation Service as USAT James Parker
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Returned to the Panama Railroad Co. in July 1951
  • Sold to American President Lines, 9 January 1957, renamed SS President Hoover
  • Sold to the Greek shipping company International Cruises S. A. a Chandris Group Company., 12 February 1964, reflagged Greece, renamed SS Regina
  • Reflagged Panama, 24 November 1964, ownership unchanged, renamed SS Regina Prima
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Displacement 10,002 t.(lt) 14206 t.(fl)
    Length 493' 6"
    Beam 64'
    Draft 26' 9"
    Speed 18kts (estimate)
    Troop Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    two Bethlehem Steel steam turbine engines
    two Yarrow boilers, 465psi 765°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 10,000shp

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    James Parker 75k USAT James Parker moored pierside during World War II. Note the similarity to Ancon (AGC-4), of which she was a sister. Image from "Troopships of World War II" by Roland W. Charles, Washington, D.C., 1947, courtesy Robert Hurst
    James Parker 82k USAT James Parker moored in late 1945 or in 1946. The absence of guns and the colors on the stack indicate this is a postwar photo.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 91274 by Roger Scozzafava, courtesy of C.N. Dragonette, from
    Robert Hurst

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