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USAT Belle Isle
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
Built in 1932 as SS Belle Isle at Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle, England
Launched, date unknown
Delivered, date unknown
Purchased by the War Shipping Administration, 3 September 1942, at Halifax, Nova Scotia from Newfoundland Canada Ltd., Steam Ship Co., for $450,000.00
Bare bottom chartered to the War Department, date unknown
Commissioned USAT Belle Isle, 3 September 1942
During World War II Belle Isle operated between Boston and ports in Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the Caribbean
Decommissioned, date unknown
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 29 January 1946 at New York
Laid up, 1 May 1946 in the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Acquired by the War Department for a second time, 30 April 1946
Declared surplus to US Army needs, 11 December 1947
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 December 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold, 20 July 1948, to China Industrial Corp., Ltd. (PD-X-453 dated 18 May 1948) for $154,000.00, Withdrawn 3 August 1948
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,960 gross tons
Speed 9 kts.
Troopship Passenger Capacity 163
Cargo Capacity 89,681 cu. ft.
Cruise Radius 5,335 nm
PropulsionReciprocating steam engine
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||USAT Belle Isle moored pierside, date and location unknown.
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|Troopships of World War II
USAT Belle Isle 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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