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USAT City of Lowell

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1893 as the Passenger/Cargo ship SS City of Lowell at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 21 November 1893
  • Delivered 2 July 1894 to the Norwich and New York Transportation Co.'s Norwich Line
  • SS City of Lowell operated by the New York and New England Railroad provided overnight steamer service between New York and New London, CT.
  • Placed out of service circa 1939 for scrapping
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 6 June 1942, from Northern Metals Co.
  • Purchased by the War Department, 29 November 1943 for $178,000.00
  • Towed to New York to serve as barracks ship at the Brooklyn Army Terminal
  • Delivered, 7 December 1945, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Declared surplus by the War Shipping Administration, 28 January 1946
  • Sold for scrapping, 10 September 1946, to Potomac Shipwrecking Co., Washington, D.C. (PD-X-207) for $2,728.00, withdrawn 15 November 1946
    Displacement 2,975 gross tons
    Length 322'3"
    Beam 49'7"
    Draft 17'4"
    Speed 19 kts
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Two Triple expansion steam engine 4,650 ihp
    six single ended Scotch boilers
    two 70 hp electric dynamos
    Twin shafts

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    Merchant Service
    City of Lowell 57k SS City of Lowell under way, date and location unknown.
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