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USAT Borinquen

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1931 as SS Borinquen at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 20 February 1931, to New York and Porto Rico Steamship Co. a subsidiary of Agwilines Inc.
  • Allocated to the War Department, 31 December 1941 for transporting Corps of Engineers personnel
  • Bare bottom chartered to the Transportation Corps, 6 May 1944
  • Throughout her service USAT Borinquen operated in the Europe-Africa Middle East Theater of Operations
  • Redelivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 5 February 1946, as surplus to the needs of the Army
  • Simultaneously redelivered by WSA to her owners, Agwilines, Inc.
  • Renamed SS Puerto Rico in 1949
  • Renamed SS Arosa Star in 1954, reflagged Panama
  • Renamed SS Bahama Star in 1959
  • Renamed SS La Janelie in 1969
  • Final Disposition, wrecked in 1970
    Displacement 7,114 gross tons
    Length 429'
    Beam 59'6"
    Draft 24'8"
    Speed 16 kts
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity 1,289
    Cargo Capacity 35,700 cu. ft.
    Cruise Radius 7,000 nm
    Propulsion steam turbine
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    Merchant Service
    Borinquen 23k Porto Rico Steamship Co. poster advertising their service to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in 1947
    Photo from Maritime Timetable
    USAT Borinquen
    Borinquen 81k USAT Borinquen moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps. photo
    Troopships of World War II

    USAT Borinquen 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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