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USAHS Blanche F. Sigman

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Hospital Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 March 1943 as SS Stanford White a type EC2-S-C1 "Liberty Ship" under Maritime Commission Contract (MCE-738)at California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched, 5 April 1943
  • Delivered, 17 April 1943, to the War Shipping Administration upon completion
  • Operated under a General Agency Agreement for the War Shipping Administration by United States Lines
  • Acquired by the War Department in 1943 for conversion to a hospital ship
  • Converted at Todd Shipbuilding Co., Hoboken, N.J. between late November 1943 to 30 June 1944
  • Commissioned USAHS Blanche F. Sigman, 30 June 1944
  • During World War II USAHS Blanche F. Sigman operated between the east coast of the United States and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater of Operations
  • Decommissioned in early April 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up, 22 November 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.,
  • Declared surplus, 16 September 1949, by the US Army Department
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1974, to Mr. Max Wender (PD-X-970 dated 14 December 1973) for $145,115.00, Withdrawn 7 may 1974
    Displacement 7,933 gross tons
    Length 441'6"
    Beam 56'10"
    Draft 24'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Patient Capacity 828
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 17,000 nm
    two boilers
    one triple expansion steam engine, 2,500hp Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller

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    USAHS Blanche F. Sigman
    Blanche F. Sigman 79k USAHS Blanche F. Sigman moored pierside possibaly at Todd Shipbuilding Co., Hoboken, N.J. between late November 1943 to 30 June 1944, during her conversion to a hospital ship.  
    Blanche F. Sigman 110k USAHS Blanche F. Sigman moored pierside, date and location unknown  

    USAHS Blanche F. Sigman history is from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
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