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USAT Brig. General Harry E. Rethers

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1911 as the passenger/cargo steamer SS Lady Gwendelon at Clyde Ship Building Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland for the British & Irish Steam Packet Co., Dublin, Ireland
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered date unknown
  • Acquired by the Russian Government in 1917-18, renamed SS Ludmila, for use of the Governor of Arkangelsk
  • Acquired in July 1918 by the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co. Ltd., Dundee, Scotland
  • Acquired in June 1919 by the New York, Newfoundland & Halifax Steam Ship Co. , renamed SS Rosalind
  • Acquired in February 1929 by the Bermuda & West Indies Steam Ship Co., Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda
  • Acquired in March 1936 by Zetska Plovidba, Kotor, Yugoslavia, renamed SS Lovcen
  • Acquired by Compaina Centra Amercona De Navegacion Hunitage, Panama, renamed SS Columbia
  • Purchased by the War Department, 31 March 1942, from Compaina Centra Amercona De Navegacion Hunitage, Panama for $475,000.00
  • Renamed USAT Brig. General Harry E. Rethers
  • Laid up, 14 December 1945, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile. AL.
  • Sold, 2 July 1946, to China Mutual Trading Co. (PD-X-166) for $40,650.00, renamed SS Wah Chung, Withdrawn, 14 August 1946
  • Resold in 1950 to the Grande Shipping Corp., Panama
  • Final Disposition, broken up in 1952
    Displacement 2,163 gross ton
    Length 300'2"
    Beam 39'7"
    Draft 17'5"
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two double ended Scotch boilers
    single screw

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    Merchant Service
    Brig. General Harry E. Rethers 64k SS Rosalind leaving the harbor of St. John's, Newfoundland and passing Fort Amherst Lighthouse. Rosalind was on the New York-Halifax-St. John's Atlantic Run and carried both passengers and freight in the 1920's.
    (Canadian) Maritime History Archive Public Photo Catalogue Item No. PF-001.1X045, Collection of Capt. Harry Stone

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