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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
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
Displacement 6,185 gross tons
Speed 17 kts.
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
NSFO 9,985 bbls
Diesel 102 Bbls
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.
||SS Acadia under way, 20 September 1941 while being operated by Alcoa Steamship Co.
US Coast Guard photo.
||USAT Acadia under way, 29 May 1942, location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo
||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 under way in the Mediterranean Sea, during the Italian Campaign, 1943
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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