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USS Europa (AP-177)

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Europa Class Transport:
  • Laid down, date unknown, by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany
  • Launched, 15 August 1928
  • Delivered, March 1930, to Nord Deutscher Lloyd
  • Maiden Voyage, Bremen-Southampton-Cherbourg-New York, 19 March 1930
  • Sold to German-American Line in 1941
  • Taken as a war prize, 8 May 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned USS Europa (AP-177), 25 August 1945, CAPT. Benjamin Franklin Perry in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1946
  • Delivered to the State Department, 8 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Post World War II Merchant Service
    Transferred to France in partial payment of war reparations in May 1946
    Transferred by the government of France to the France Line in July 1946,
    Wrecked and sunk, 8 December 1946, at La Harve, France, before being placed in service as SS Liberte
    Raised, 15 April 1947, reconditioned, and placed in service, 17 August 1950 as the French Line passenger liner SS Liberte
    Final Disposition, sold to Italian shipbreakers, 30 December 1961, scrapped in 1962

    Specifications:
    Displacement 49,746 t. (gross)
    Length. 936'
    Beam 102'
    Draft 48'
    Speed 27.5 kts.
    Propulsion
    twelve steam turbines
    single reduction geared
    quadruple propellers

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    Pre-World War II Merchant Service
    Europa 69k The Nord Dertscher Lloyd passenger liner SS Europa slides down the builders ways at Blohm and Voss shipyard, Hamburg, 15 August 1928. Photo courtesy of Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-06400/CC-BY-SA. Robert Hurst
    Europa 68k Launching of the Nord Deutscher Lloyd passenger liner SS Europa at Hamburg, Germany, 15 August 1928. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Europa 64k SS Europa surrounded by tugs and other small craft after entering in the water for the first time, 15 August 1828. Photo courtesy of Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-06401/CC-BY-SA at Hamburg, Germany, 15 August 1928. Robert Hurst
    Europa 51k SS Europa with a fire on board while fitting out at the Blohm und Voss Shipbuilding Yard, Hamburg, March 1929.
    Photo courtesy Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-07567
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 51k SS Europa in the Blohm und Voss dry dock, Hamburg, Germany, sometime in 1929, while under repair prior to commencing her sea trials in February 1930. Photo courtesy of Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-08947/CC-BY-SA Robert Hurst
    Europa 70k The newly completed liner SS Europa tied up pierside at Blohm und Voss shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, 1 February 1930, ready to commence sea trials. Photo courtesy of Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-09213/CC-BY-SA Robert Hurst
    Europa 44k The two sister liners SS Europa (nearest camera) and SS Bremen (in background) tied up at Bremerhaven, March 1930.
    Photo courtesy BundesArchiv, Bild 102-09295 /CC-BY-SS
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 53k SS Europa under steam at Hamburg, February 1930 prior to her sea trials commencing.
    Photo courtesy Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-0951
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 31k SS Europa leaving the port of Hamburg, on her first trial run, February 1930. Photo courtesy BundesArchiv , Bild 102-09254/CC-BY-SS Robert Hurst
    Europa 57k The He 59 (DE-1919) "Bremen Atlantic" seaplane being hoisted onto the Heinkel-designed catapult aboard the passenger liner SS Europa, August 1930.
    Photo courtesy Bundesarchiv, Bild 102 - 10309
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 456k The Nord Deutscher Lloyd passenger liner SS Europa fitting out in Hamburg, Germany in 1930. Europa was scheduled to be completed in 1928, but due to severe fire damage during the construction phase she entered service in 1930. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Europa 303k The Nord Deutscher Lloyd passenger liner SS Europa underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 64k SS Europa underway, date and location unknown. Photo from Meyers Blitz Lexikon, column 87/88 Robert Hurst
    Europa 80k The Nord Deutscher Lloyd passenger liner SS Europa arriving in port, probably Hamburg, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    Europa 89k Pre-war images of passenger liners SS Europa and SS Bremen moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany.
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 77k Oil painting by Ulrich Hubner (1872-1932) of the liners SS Bremen and SS Europa tied up at the Columbuskage, Bremerhaven, sometime between 1930 and 1932.
    Image courtesy of the Society National German Maritime Museum
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 207k SS Europa docking/undocking, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the book by Nicholas T. Cairis, "Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893" (1979).
    Tommy Trampp
    Europa 268k SS Europa underway, date and location unknown. Note this photo was taken after her funnels were extended.
    Photo courtesy CPL (Conway Picture Library) from "The Liner: Retrospective and Renaissance" by Philip Dawson.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 91k SS Europa tied up pierside at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, 18 September 1940. That night she was the target for five Bristol Beauforts of No.22 Squadron. only one located the ship but was unable to attack because of the intense searchlight glare.
    Photo and text from "The other few: The Contribution made by Bomber and Coastal Command aircrew to the winning of The Battle of Britain", by Larry Donnelly DFM.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 80k SS Europa tied up dockside at Bremerhaven, Germany in early May 1945. This image, taken by members of the first U.S. unit to reach the harbor, shows the vessel wearing a dazzle-pattern camouflage paint scheme reminiscent of those worn by Allied troopships in the First World War.
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 82k SS Europa being nudged by tugs towards the Bremerhaven drydock where she will undergo the refurbishment and conversion work to prepare her for her troop-repatriation duty. She was commissioned as USS Europa, 25 August 1945.
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Europa (AP-177)
    Europa 92k SS Europa in US Navy custody in the Kaiserhafen III at Bremerhaven, Germany, 11 June 1945, shortly before being towed to a drydock for restoration. Note her German camouflage.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC-208760 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 37k USS Europa (AP-177) moored pierside, circa 1945, location unknown Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 83k USS Europa (AP-177) tied up in Bremerhaven before departing on her first repatriation voyage. Sharing the pier is the USAHS Larkspur, herself a former German passenger steamer
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 94k USS Europa (AP-177) heading down the Weser River from Bremerhaven, Germany, 11 September 1945, on her first US Navy voyage to New York. Note the homeward-bound troops and the stacks of life rafts on the stern.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-352259 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Europa 74k USS Europa (AP-177) moored pierside at New York in January 1946.The ship ultimately returned to commercial service as SS Liberte of France's Compagnie Generale Transatlantique.
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 73k USS Europa (AP-177) arriving at Bremerhaven, 24 March 1946, at the conclusion of her last transatlantic voyage as a US Navy ship.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC-232106 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    Europa 84k USS Europa (AP-177) docking at Bremerhaven, 24 March 1946, at the conclusion of her last transatlantic voyage as a US Navy ship.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC-232108 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    Post-World War II Merchant Service
    Europa 32k Prior to the conversion of ex-USS Europa (AP-177) to SS Liberte, gale winds in December 1946 blew her into capsized SS Paris at La Harve, causing severe damage Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 69k Ex-USS Europa (AP-177) prior to conversion as SS Liberte sunk at La Harve, France, December 1946.
    Photo by Brooks Rowlett.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 182k Ex-USS Europa (AP-177) as she appeared in the 1950s shortly after being allocated to the French Compagnie Generale Transatlantique Line.
    Photo courtesy of Chantiers de L'Atlantique. From "The Liner: Retrospective and Renaissance" by Philip Dawson
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 34k The French Lines passenger liner SS Liberte arriving at New York in 1950 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 26k The French Lines passenger liner SS Liberte departing New York in 1950 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Europa 184k Post card image of SS Liberte underway, circa 1952, Tommy Trampp
    Europa 113k SS Liberte underway in harbor, location unknown. Wire photo dated 27 July 1950. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 119k SS Liberte post card image postmarked 2 January 1951, New York, N.Y. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 159k SS Liberte underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 126k Starboard view at sea of the French Lines passenger liner SS Liberte circa 1950. Impression by "Marin-Marie". Tommy Trampp
    Europa 135k SS Liberte in harbor, date and location unknown. Post card image by William H. Miller. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 716k Moran tugs assist SS Liberte, formally the Blue Riband award winning North German Lloyd SS Europa, during a mid 1950s winter departure from New York. Tommy Trampp
    Europa 382k Aerial starboard view of SS Liberte underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Philip Dawson. From "The Liner: Retrospective and Renaissance" by Philip Dawson
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 259k Aerial view of SS Liberte underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Chantiers de L'Atlantique, From "The Liner: Retrospective and Renaissance" by Philip Dawson
    Robert Hurst
    Europa 300k German newspaper photo of the ex-French Lines passenger liner SS Liberte being dismantled at La Spezia, Italy in mid-1964. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Europa (AP-177)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Perry, Benjamin Franklin25 August 1945 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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