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USAHS Acadia
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USAT Acadia (1942 - 1943)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Hospital Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 August 1931, as SS Acadia at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News VA.
  • Launched, 13 February 1932
  • Delivered, 7 June 1932, to Eastern Steamship lines
  • In 1941 ship was operated by Alcoa Steamship Co.
  • Maritime Commission takes control of Acadia, 8 October 1941
  • Allocation and charter to US Army Transportation Service for commercial operation by American West African Lines
  • Restored to Alcoa Steamship Co. for operations, 23 November 1941
  • Returned to Eastern Steamship Co. for operations, 29 April 1942, under control of the War Shipping Administration
  • During the early part of 1942 Acadia transported diplomats from South American countries and German, Japanese and Italians from South America to internment in the United States
  • Bare bottom charter to the War Department, 16 October 1942, Commissioned USAT Acadia
  • Redesignated USAHS Acadia, 5 June 1943
  • During World War II USAT / USAHS Acadia was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned as hospital ship, 7 February 1946, redesignated as US Army transport Acadia
  • Acadia transported returning service personnel and their dependents from Europe to the United States
  • Returned, 15 February 1947, to the War Shipping Administration for operation under a General Service Agreement by Eastern Steamship Co.
  • SS Acadia was returned to full control of Eastern Steamship Co. 23 July 1947
  • Sold to a Belgian in May 1955
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,185 gross tons
    Length 402'11"
    Beam 61'
    Draft 22'6"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Hospital Staff
    Officers 18
    Nurses 37
    Enlisted Men 94
    Troopship Passenger Capacity 1,635
    Hospital Ship Patient Capacity 738
    Troopship Cargo Capacity 99,500 cu. ft.
    Cruise Radius 8,000 nm
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,985 bbls
    Diesel 102 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Newport News geared turbines
    three Foster and Wheeler header-type boilers 275psi 575
    single Newport News Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 500Kw 240V D.C.
    two 150Kw 240V D.C.
    one 75Kw 240V A.C.
    twin propellers, 8,500shp

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    Merchant Service Alcoa Steamship Co.
    Acadia 243k SS Acadia under way, 20 September 1941 while being operated by Alcoa Steamship Co.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Maritime Administration
    USAT Acadia
    Acadia 233k USAT Acadia under way, 29 May 1942, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Maritime Administration
    Acadia 150k USAT Acadia moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
     
    USAHS Acadia
    Acadia 74k USAHS Acadia under way in the Mediterranean Sea, during the Italian Campaign, 1943 Commons Wikimedia

    USAT Acadia and USAHS Acadia histories are from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
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