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USS Queens (APA-103)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Uniform - Delta
NZUD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Windsor Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down, 2 March 1944, under as a Maritime Commission type C3-S-A3 hull under Maritime Commission contract MC hull 1677 at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 12 September 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 16 December 1944 and acquired by the US Navy the same day
  • Commissioned USS Queens (APA-103) the same day, CAPT. John J. Mockrish, USNR, in command
  • During World War II Queens was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Thirteen, COMO. M.O. Carson USN (16);
    TransDiv Thirty-Seven
  • Following World War II USS Queens (APA-103) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 26 September 1945
    19 October to 1 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 10 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Converted to Maritime Commission hull type (P1-S1-DR1) in November 1947
  • Purchased by American Export Lines, 22 November 1948, renamed SS Excambion
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 17 March 1959 (Trade in Program)
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group, 20 April 1959
  • Loaned to Texas Maritime Academy, 26 April 1965, for service as a merchant marine officer training ship, renamed USTS Texas Clipper (I)
  • Final Disposition, sunk as an artificial reef, 17 November 2007, seventeen miles off South Padre Island, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,970 t.(lt) 13,143 t.(fl)
    Length 473' 1"
    Beam 66'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 18.6 kts (trial)
    Complement
    42 Officers
    434 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    94 Officers
    1,463 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,600DWT
    non-refrigerated 150,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,330 Bbls
    Diesel 575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Bethlehem Shipbuilding steam turbine
    two Babcock & Wilcox steam turbines, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,000shp

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    USS Queens (APA-103)
    Queens 48k USS Queens (APA-103) underway, circa 1945.
    US Navy photo NH 74300 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Commercial Service
    Queens 172k Ex-USS Queens (APA-103) as American Export Line's SS Excambion underway, 3 December 1948, on her maiden voyage. Excambion provided service between New York and Mediterranean ports from 1948 to 1959 Tommy Trampp
    USTS Texas Clipper (I)
    Queens 125k Ex-USS Queens (APA-103) in service as the merchant marine officer training ship USTS Texas Clipper (I) at Texas A&M University Galveston, moored pierside, date and place unknown. David Nixon
    Queens 68k USTS Texas Clipper (I) at Texas A&M University Galveston, moored pierside, October 1984 Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Queens 256k USTS Texas Clipper (I) underway off Genoa, Italy, 1 July 1992. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Ex- Queens (APA-103, Ex- USTS Texas Clipper (I)
    Queens 59k Ex-Queens (APA-103), Ex-Texas Clipper (I) being scrapped at ESCO, Brownsville, TX., February 2007. Photo by Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX.
    Queens 43k Ex-Queens (APA-103), Ex-Texas Clipper (I) partly dismantled at ESCO, Brownsville, TX., circa March 2007. Ron Reeves
    Queens 417k Ex-Queens (APA-103), Ex-Texas Clipper (I) under tow enroute to being reefed off South Padre Island, TX., circa November 2007. Tommy Trampp
    Queens 310k ©Associated Press article, 17 November 2007 - "She's finally found her resting place on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico..." Ex-Queens (APA-103), Ex-Texas Clipper (I) reefed off South Padre Island, TX., circa November 2007. Tommy Trampp

    USS Queens (APA103)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Mockrish, John Joseph16 December 1944 - December 1945
    02CDR. Hamblett, Cyril Bertram :ADMDecember 1945 - 10 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Texas A&M University at Galveston
    US Coast Guard Official video and other videos of the reefing of ex-Queens, 17 November 2007
    More video of ex-Queens being reefed
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