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USAT St. Olaf
USAHS St Olaf (1944 - 1945)
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, 6 January 1942 as SS St. Olaf, a type EC2-S-C1 "Liberty Ship", under Maritime Commission Contract (MCE-33) at Bethlehem-Fairfield, Baltimore MD.
Launched, 12 April 1942
Delivered, 20 May 1942, to the War Shipping Administration upon completion
Operated under a General Agency Agreement for the War Shipping Administration by Union Sulphur Co.
Purchased, 22 November 1943, by the War Department for conversion to a hospital ship
Converted at Simpson Yard Bethlehem Steel Co. Boston between 23 November 1943 and late-July 1944
Commissioned USAHS St. Olaf in July 1944
During World War II USAHS St. Olaf operated in both the European-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
Decommissioned as a hospital ship in November 1945 at Los Angeles
Altered at Standard Shipbuilding Co., San Pedro for transporting military dependents between Alaska and Seattle
Re-commissioned as USAT St. Olaf in 1946
Decommissioned in June 1947
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up, 24 June 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group Astoria, OR.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 April 1963, to Zidell Explorations Inc. (PD-X-630, dated 14 March 1963) for $52,023.26, Withdrawn, 12 April 1963
Displacement 7,940 gross tons
Speed 11 kts.
Hospital Ship - Patient Capacity 591
Passenger/Transport - 1,067 troops and 147 dependents
Fuel Capacities unknown
Cruise Radius 17,688 nm
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.
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USAHS St. Olaf
||USAHS St. Olaf under way, date and location unknown.
||Model of USAHS St. Olaf by John Konda.
USAT St. Olaf and
USAHS St. Olaf 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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