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USAT J. W. McAndrew
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J. W. McAndrew (AP-47)


Passenger Transport:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1939, as SS Delargentino for the United States Maritime Commission for the Mississippi Shipping Co., at Bethlehem Steels Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore MD.
  • Launched, 13 July 1940
  • Completed and delivered to the Mississippi Shipping Co., 8 November 1940
  • Acquired by the US War Department, 28 June 1941, for use as an Army Transport
  • Designated (AP-47) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
  • Declared surplus to US Army needs, 5 May 1947
  • Leased under GAA agreement to American South African Line Inc., 5 May 1947
  • Sold to Ferrell Lines Inc., 22 December 1948, renamed SS African Enterprise
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration under the trade-in program, 22 September 1960
  • Laid up, 19 October 1960 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Temporary custody assumed by the US Navy (removal of spare tail shaft)
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1969, to Boston Metals, Baltimore MD., delivered 8 May 1969
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,696 t.(lt) 14,476 t.(fl)
    Length 491'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 25' 7"
    Speed 17.9 kts.
    Compliment unknown
    Troop Capacity unknown
    Armament (1945)
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    single propeller, 7,800shp

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    McAndrew 147k USAT J. W McAndrew moored pierside at New York, date unknown. Originally designated AP-47 by the Navy but handed over to and operated by the Army.
    US National Archives photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    McAndrew 95k USAT J. W McAndrew arriving at Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1942 as part of a US follow-on convoy bringing in troops and supplies following the North African invasion. Note the two 3"/50 guns on the raised platform forward. The ship had one 4"/50 gun aft in 1942.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-30488 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    McAndrew 57k USAT J. W McAndrew circa late 1945 or early 1946, possibly at New York. The ship appears to have had its guns, including the bow gun platform, removed.
    Courtesy of Shipscribe.com and Garnett Blackburn
    Mike Green

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