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USS Southland (IX-168)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Southland Class Miscellaneous Unclassified (Small Inland Steamer)
  • Built in 1908 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport New, VA.
  • Operated by Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Co. on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1942
  • Converted for Naval Service at Thomas Tanahill & Sons, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Commissioned, USS Southland (IX-168), 22 May 1944, LT. S. A. Davis, USNR, in command
  • Returned to the WSA at Falmouth, England
  • Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 13 August 1945
  • Subsequently sold for operation , to Fu Chung International Corp., China, and renamed Hung Yung
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1955
    Displacement 2,081 t.
    Length 301'
    Beam 52' 10"
    Draft 17' 9"
    Speed 15 kts
    Armament one 12 pounder
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    two turbo-drive 35Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generator
    single propeller, 3,000shp
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    USS Mercantile Service
    Southland 368k Post card images of the Norfolk and Washington Steamship Co's steamer SS Southland underway, dates and locations unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Southland 294k
    USS Southland (IX-168)
    Southland 94k USS Southland (IX-168) at anchor, possibly at Cherbourg, France, 14 July 1943.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # 80-G-356332, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Southland 107k USS Leyden (IX-167) in a nest between USS PC-1233 and USS Southland (IX-168) at Cherbourg, France, 11 August 1944. The two larger ships served as barracks and station ships at Cherbourg after the Normandy landings.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-255749
    Mike Green
    Southland 115k USS Leyden (IX-167) at Cherbourg, France, 30 August 1944 with USS Southland (IX-168) alongside to port.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-256094
    Mike Green

    USS Southland (IX-168)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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

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