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USAT Zebulon B. Vance
USAHS John J. Meany (1944 - 1945)
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 / Transport:
Laid down, 22 May 1941, as SS Zebulon B. Vance, a type EC2-S-C1 "Liberty Ship" under Maritime Commission Contract (MCE-135) at
North Carolina Shipbuilding, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 6 December 1941
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 17 February 1942
Assigned by the War Shipping Administration to American Export Lines under a bare bottom charter, 17 February 1942
While operating under the control of the War Shipping Administration, SS Zebulon B. Vance survived floating mines and a near miss by a torpedo and took part in
the invasion of North Africa
Chartered under a General Agency Agreement, 27 July 1942, by American Export Lines
Purchased by the War Department, 22 November 1943
Converted to a Hague Convention hospital ship completed in July 1944 by Bethlehem Steel, Co. Boston, MA.
Upon completion of conversion SS Zebulon B. Vance was commissioned USAHS John J. Meany
USAHS John J. Meany served in the Mediterranean from August to December 1945 and made additional trips to England, France and Germany
Withdrawn and decommissioned from service at New York as a hospital ship in January 1946
The ship under went alterations at Bethlehem Steel's 56th St. Yard at New York in January 1946 to carry military dependents
Renamed USAT Zebulon B. Vance she operated between Europe and the United States until December 1948
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 December 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Declared surplus by the Army, 16 September 1949
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 February 1970 (PD-X-857 dated 22 January 1970), to Cantieri Navali, S. A., Italy in a four ship lot for $470,000.00. Delivered to her buyers, 27 march 1970
Hospital Ship Specifications:
Displacement 7,933 gross tons
Speed 11 kts.
Merchant Marine, 36 to 52
Patient Capacity 589
Fuel Capacities unknown
Cruise Radius 21,000 nm
one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, 2,500hp
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
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War Shipping Administration
||SS Zebulon B. Vance launching, 6 December 1941, the first ship to be completed at North Carolina Shipbuilding, Wilmington , N.C.
Photo by Pennington Flying Service, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
USAHS John J. Meany
||USAHS John J. Meany under way date and location unknown.
USAT Zebulon B. Vance and
USAHS John J. Meany 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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