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USAHS Wisteria

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, 6 February 1943, as SS William Osler, a type EC2-S-C1 "Liberty Ship", under Maritime Commission Contract (MCE-954) at Bethlehem-Fairfield, Baltimore MD.
  • Launched, 6 March 1943
  • Delivered, 22 March 1943, to the War Shipping Administration upon completion
  • Operated under a General Agency Agreement for the War Shipping Administration by States Marine Corp.
  • Purchased, 22 November 1943, by the War Department for conversion to a hospital ship
  • Converted at Bethlehem Steel Co. Brooklyn, 27th St. Yard, New York between 23 November 1943 and 15 July 1944
  • Commissioned USAHS Wisteria in July 1944
  • During World War II USAHS Wisteria operated in European-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • 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, 29 February 1968, to Oregon Shipwreckers Inc. (one of seven ships) (PD-X-793, dated 6 February 1968) for $365,898.99, Withdrawn, 27 march 1968
    Displacement 7,940 gross tons
    Length 441'6"
    Beam 56'10"
    Draft 24'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Hospital Ship - Patient Capacity 591
    Passenger/Transport - 1,067 troops and 147 dependents
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Cruise Radius 17,688 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 Wisteria
    Wisteria 19k USAHS Wisteria arriving at Port of Embarkation, Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps. photo
    Wisteria 66k USAHS Wisteria in port Gibraltar, circa 1944-45.
    Photo source FLICKR Bahrfeldt
    Wisteria 326k USAHS Wisteria newspaper article.
    Photo source FLICKR Bahrfeldt

    USAHS Wisteria history is from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database - William Osler
    MARAD Vessel History Database - Wisteria
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